Cyber Fast Track Program for Students in Maryland

Through the Cyber Fast Track Program, Maryland students will be the first in the nation to have a direct pathway to discover their natural talent, develop that talent, and be selected for high paying and exciting cybersecurity jobs.

Cyber Fast Track preview


The United States is facing a significant shortage of trained, skilled cyber security professionals. It is crucial that governments and businesses and not-for-profits have access to talented, skilled cyber security professionals in order to keep the nation's Internet-connected economy safe.


Maybe you! Many young people haven't had the opportunity to find out if they have cyber talent, often because their schools didn't offer technology courses. Or you may already be interested, but haven't figured out how to get the proper training to qualify for a job in the cybersecurity field.

Cyber Fast Track Pathway

Step 1
Identify if you have interest and talent
CyberStart Game
"I loved CyberStart challenges - the coolest game I ever played."
"Taught me a lot; proved cybersecurity wasn't too hard to learn."
"The most fun I have had learning."
  • No need for cyber or IT experience.
  • More than 250 challenges protecting "real-world" bases.
  • Available completely online. Everything you need is in the online Field Manual and hints.
  • 19 U.S. Governors launched statewide programs for their students.
Step 2
Master the foundational knowledge
CyberStart Essentials coursework
"We now hire cybersecurity grads only if they have hands-on mastery of these foundations"
CISO, multi billion dollar Silicon Valley tech leader
  • Core technologies: how they work and are attacked.
  • Online, hands-on immersion training, in 46 modules.
  • Progress at your own pace. Quizzes and tests on each module.
  • National exam to reach silver or gold levels.
Step 3
Immersion training in core skills
SANS courses + GIAC certification
"Completing the SANS Vet Success Academy not only influenced my career plans, it defined them, opening doors that were inaccessible to me otherwise. In fact, being selected into the program was a 'hitting the jackpot' moment for me."
Ed Russell, USAF (ret), NTT Security
  • Veterans' Academies; Women's Academies, and Open Academies.
  • Two SANS immersion courses and two high value GIAC certifications.
  • 90% job placement in 6 months.
  • Also available as Certificate in Applied Cyber Security (CACS) at and other accredited colleges and universities.
Step 4
Interviews with great employers

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More about Maryland Cyber Fast Track

In the fall of 2018, the Cyber Fast Track will launch for all eligible Maryland community college students. Students who excel in CyberStart Game will win full scholarships for CyberStart Essentials, the fast-paced, online course that allows them to master seven IT subjects that form the foundation of successful technical cybersecurity careers.

Students who complete the Essentials course and get a solid grade on its exam will be eligible for $15,000 scholarships for two advanced SANS cybersecurity courses - the same courses used by financial institutions, intelligence agencies and the military to develop their top cyber talent.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students will pass a background check and be interviewed by participating employers. Candidates rated by the employers as having the maturity to become productive professionals will be awarded Maryland Cyber Fast Track scholarships.

Cyber Fast Track is a SANS Institute program enabled by funding from the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Earn Program. Montgomery College and 13 Maryland employers are helping to make the program successful.