Published: June 25, 2019

Students in a large room collaborating with each other in front of computers.

Nearly 13,000 college students across America took part in the first stage of 2019 Cyber FastTack competition during April, solving a series of increasingly difficult cybersecurity challenges to demonstrate their aptitude for cybersecurity careers. 

Based on their success, 2,400 of those students – including 24 from the University of Colorado Boulder – received invitations to take part in the second round. In fact, CU Boulder produced the most first-stage qualifiers in Colorado and ranked No. 14 in the nation.

Students are now competing in the second stage for $2.5 million in scholarships for college tuition and advanced cybersecurity training, as well as for recognition for themselves and their colleges.

“It’s great to be ranked first in the state and we’re proud of our 24 students who have advanced to the second stage,” said Dan Massey, director of Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy (TCP) and professor of computer science. “This is another indicator of the growing interest in the field which our recently launched cybersecurity program addresses.”