Terms of Service

Last Updated: May 30 2023

Please read these terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy carefully before using this site or registering for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge. These terms tell you the rules for using this website ghscc-michigan.cyberstart.com and the rules and eligibility criteria for participating in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge.

Our terms of service are backed by our policy framework, including our privacy and cookies policy. This document will be updated as the site and services it provides access to are changed.

By using this site and choosing to register for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge, you agree to these terms and associated policies referred to above. If you break the rules outlined below and in the detailed policies referred to above, we may suspend your access to the program and its associated third-party services, and, in severe cases, refer information to the relevant legal authorities.

We may amend these terms and our policies from time to time. If the change are significant, we will notify you by email if you have already registered for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge.

Who can participate in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge

To participate in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge as a student:

  • You must be at least 13 years of age as of the date of your registration.
  • You must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2023-24 school year at a U.S. public or private secondary school located in the state of Michigan (or the homeschool equivalent)
  • You must have completed the student registration form by no later than September 27 2023
  • You must agree to receive essential program communication via our selected provider Active Campaign

To participate in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge as a teacher, parent, or other chaperone:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or older as of June 6 2023
  • You must agree to receive essential program communication via our selected provider Active Campaign
  • You must be involved in the education of U.S. high school students in Michigan, through a school, homeschool or a relevant extracurricular club or program, and must provide details of your involvement on your registration form

When you register, you are required to give accurate information about yourself for purposes of safeguarding and to validate your eligibility for the program.

As part of the program, you will be provided with access to software and training content. You agree that this material will be used solely by you, the registered user, and not shared with other parties.


By registering an account and agreeing to these terms, we will provide you with a licence to access CyberStart, a third-party online service which contains training material, challenges and games.

Post-registration and using your CyberStart account to access the service and materials, you will be provided with material and tools that, applied unethically or without consideration, could result in violation of (amongst others) the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of the United States or the Computer Misuse Act 1990 of the United Kingdom. By registering for this program, you agree that you will not use any of the information provided, tools or techniques against other individuals or organizations without consent to do so.

By registering for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge, you agree that you will comply with our Policies and Terms & Conditions, and that failure to do so could result in termination of your access, or sharing of your information with the relevant legal authorities. Examples of abuse include, but are not limited to, launching a denial of service, or purposeful attempts to disrupt the service.

By registering for the program and providing accurate details, you will be given access to this material free of charge, and you must agree to comply with the Terms and Policies of the CyberStart product.

In order to participate in and be eligible for the program, you must agree to receive essential program communication via our selected provider, Active Campaign. If you opt out of these emails or unsubscribe from them, you will not receive essential program communication and will become ineligible to participate and ineligible to be considered for prizes and awards.

By registering for the program, you may be assigned a licence to the CyberStart product. The license you are issued is for the purposes of the program and bound by the timeframes, eligibility criteria and scholarship or award criteria. Your license may be revoked for failure to comply with these terms, or otherwise at the end of your interaction with the program. CyberStart products operate under a commercial license, and your right to access and use the licensed material on the platform or any other expressions based on the product end with your license termination. You may continue to access your CyberStart account and the non-licensed content in accordance with the Terms and Policies of CyberStart.

Acceptable Use

As part of this program, subject to eligibility criteria, you may be granted a temporary licence to CyberStart. CyberStart provides educational material and security related puzzles or challenges. As part of these challenges you may be required to apply unusual tools or use patterns to services to uncover logic flaws or issues. With your licence, you are provided permission to undertake the activities covered in each of the 'briefings' against the defined targets. As covered in the product-specific licences and user guides, it is not acceptable to attempt denial of service attacks, or to purposefully attempt to cause damage to the infrastructure or data. It is also deemed a violation of acceptable use to identify flaws and to purposefully attempt to damage or disrupt other platform users, or their data.

Uncovering security flaws and learning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities will require use of certain tools that can only be used in a context where permission has been given by the target party, as is provided here. In severe circumstances where error cannot be blamed, violation of these terms could result in rejection from the program, or prosecution. If you are unsure of the activity you are undertaking at any time please contact support@cyberstartamerica.org.

How your data will be used

An outline of what data we will collect and how we will use it is included in our Privacy Policy. The data will be held by the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge and CyberStart Limited for the purposes of running the program. Your information will be passed to Active Campaign in order to provide you with essential messaging in relation to running of the program, as per the terms of our Privacy Notice.

How you may use material on the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge website

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organization to content posted on our site.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Contact information

If you have any questions about these terms or any associated policy, please contact support@cyberstartamerica.org.

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 30 2023

The Governor's High School Cyber Challenge is committed to protecting your privacy and complies with the principles of the relevant data protection regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We commit to holding the minimum amount of data that we can from you, and we are committed to ensuring that your data is handled properly and any information we hold is stored securely and used in a lawful and ethical way.

This Privacy Policy explains how we collect data, why we collect it, how it is used, who has access to it, and how long it is kept for. By using this website or registering for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge, you consent to the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge processing your data. The Governor's High School Cyber Challenge follows GDPR standards in our collection, handling, and storing of your data.

We may need to revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If the changes are significant, we will notify you by email.

Who is holding my data?

Your information is being collected by the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge to help run and deliver information security talent assessment and training programs. The program is delivered by:

CyberStart Limited acts as the controller of your data, and DTMB and SANS Institute act as processors of your data.

This program and the prior mentioned parties will maintain information that you provide to us, and data collected during your interaction with the provided services. This is collected for the operational purposes of security and safeguarding, but primarily for the running of the talent identification and training outlined on this website.

We use Amazon Web Services to host our registration service and store data. We use Tableau to analyse and report on program registration, progress, and outcomes data.

We use a company called Active Campaign to send you important information about the program. This is information that you need to participate in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge.

We will always ask for your permission before sending your information to any other organization, or for any use case other than what is outlined above. We may on occasion offer you invitations to access or join third party services and/or platforms that may be of interest to you as a participant of the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge. Your use of these services is entirely optional and will not affect your access to or eligibility for Governor's High School Cyber Challenge. We may send you information related to our programs and further suitable opportunities for you, which you may terminate at your discretion.

What information do you collect about me?

The types of information we hold about you include:

  • When you register for the program as a student, we collect your first name, last name, email address, school information, state information, and details of a nominated school coach/chaperone who would oversee your school's team if you were selected to progress to Round 2 of the program.
  • When you register for the program as a teacher, parent, or adult advisor, we collect your first name, last name, email address, school or organization information, state information, your job role, and whether you would be the designated school coach/chaperone if a team of students from your school were selected to progress to Round 2 of the program. You may also supply the details of an alternate coach/chaperone if you would not be taking on this role on behalf of your school for Round 2.
  • Information on how you use and experience this website and its forms, including server logging that may contain basic data such as IP address, date and time, the URL or path of the resource or file accessed, browser information, or error information.
  • Marketing Information including tracking and cookie data that we collect when you use our website.

Who are you sharing my personal data with?

When you register for Round 1 of the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge, we will share your name and email address with CyberStart in order to create your account and provide you with a licence to the content on the CyberStart product.

Your registration information and details of your progress in CyberStart will be shared with SANS Institute and DTMB for the purposes of selecting students to invite to Round 2.

If you are selected to progress to Round 2, the program organisers will contact you and your nominated school coach/chaperone with details of how to register for the Round 2 in-person event, including signing up to use the SANS NetWars platform. Any further information provided for the purpose of running the event will be held and processed by DTMB and SANS, and information relating to participation and performance in the event may be passed back to CyberStart Limited for reporting purposes.

If you register as a student, you will be required to check a consent box for the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge to share your first name and last name with your nominated school coach/chaperone, or with any alternative coach/chaperone nominated by your nominated contact. This is because a school coach/chaperone is required to take the lead on arrangements for a school team to participate in Round 2 of this program.

If your school's team wins a prize in Round 2, DTMB and SANS Institute will work with your school coach/chaperone to ensure you are provided with access to any further materials related to your prize(s), where applicable.


We get your information from your registration form, from your use of the website and materials, and from details of your progress in the program. For us to process your data we need to get your consent or permission to use your information on behalf of all those involved. We can't enrol you in the program and keep you up to date without your registration information, and we also need to monitor your progress.

Whether you choose to join or leave the program is entirely up to you. The only effect of asking us to delete your information would be that you are no longer able to be a member of the program. You are entitled to do this at any point in support of your GDPR right to be forgotten.

We've tried to make this notice easy to read, but you can always contact the Data Protection Officer via support@cyberstartamerica.org who will help explain things further and will answer your questions.

Leaving the program and removing your information

If you change your mind about allowing us to use your information, you simply need to tell us by emailing support@cyberstartamerica.org. We will then take you through a couple of quick steps to confirm you want to delete your information and leave the program.

We'll update you when this has been done, or in exceptional circumstances if we can't do this.

Why do you need my information anyway?

We need it to run the program outlined on this site. CyberStart Limited, DTMB and SANS Institute will need your data to run the program and to assess eligibility.

If you don't want us to hold your information, you will no longer be able to participate in the program, and we will delete your records from the system.

What security measures are you taking?

We carry out regular security assessments to make sure your information is secure. We follow all the standard industry practices to make sure we hold your information as securely as possible.

Security incidences

As per GDPR standards, we will always inform you as quickly as possible if we discover any security incidence that has affected your data. We will take all action that we can to reduce risks and we will let you know if you need to take any action to protect yourself as a result.

How long will the information be held?

We keep your information for five years or until you ask us to delete it, if this is sooner, and you wish to leave the program. If the circumstances arise where we need to keep the data longer, we will tell you and explain why.

What about my other rights?

You have a right to have a copy of the information which Governor's High School Cyber Challenge holds on you or to transfer your information. You can make a request for a copy of your data through support by emailing support@cyberstartamerica.org.

What if I want more information or I want to complain?

If at any time you want further information, or you need help understanding what you can and cannot request, or if you want to make a complaint, the Data Protection Officer can help you with this.

You can be asked to be put in contact with our Data Protection Officer via our support channels. Please email support@cyberstartamerica.org and ask to be put in contact with the Data Protection Officer.

If you still aren't happy with our response you can complain to the Information Commissioners Office.

Cookies Policy

Last Updated: May 30 2023

The Governor's High School Cyber Challenge uses cookies as part of the delivery of the service. By using the service you agree to the use of Essential Cookies that are a requirement for the platform to operate.

Additional cookies may be used to optimize the site experience, help us understand where we can improve the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge, and for certain marketing activities, but this is undertaken only with your consent when you visit the site. You do not need to accept these optional cookies to use Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge, and we provide you with an opportunity to opt out of these optional cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the service or a third-party to recognise you, makes your next visit easier and renders the service more useful to you.

Cookies can be either 'persistent' or 'session' cookies. Persistent cookies may remain on your hard drive until you erase them or they expire. Session cookies are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser.

Essential cookies

When you visit the website we will ask you to set your cookie preferences. In order to access Governor's High School Cyber Challenge there are some cookies that are Essential and you will need to agree to their use if you wish to access Governor's High School Cyber Challenge. We use these cookies:

  • To enable certain functions of the service to operate
  • To provide analytics and store your preferences
  • To understand which of our partners referred you to the program

Most of our Essential Cookies are delivered from 'ghscc-michigan.cyberstart.com' and you will be able to identify them from this reference.

The following Essential cookies are provided by third-parties:

  • To allow you to opt-in or opt-out of optional cookies, provided by Civic Cookie Control

We use both session and persistent cookies on the service and we use different types of cookies to provide these Essential cookies. Blocking our Essential cookies may prevent you using our service or may cause problems with your experience of our service.

Optional cookies

Cookies are managed through our cookie banner that will allow you to 'opt in' or 'opt out' of non-essential cookies. At present our non-essential cookies are limited to selected third parties that we work with to provide us with information about the use of our site and to help improve the program.

Our non-essential cookies belong to third-party companies and are used to track how people find and use this website. These companies include:

  • Conversion tracking for marketing activities with Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Google Ads
  • Analytics and screen recordings with HotJar of how you interact with this website so we can make improvements to the usability and experience of the site
  • Google Analytics for marketing purposes

You do not have to agree to any non-essential cookies, and if you do not consent it will have no effect on your ability to participate in the program. If you previously opted in to non-essential cookies, and then later decide to opt-out of those non-essential cookies, you may need to manually remove those third-party cookies using your browser’s cookie preferences and clearing settings; due to how third-party cookies work, we are not able to delete or remove these cookies for you from your browser after they have been previously set.

You can delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies. To do this you should visit the help pages of your web browser. There are lots of tools and plug-ins available to manage or restrict cookie behaviour.