GCHQ Wants Teenage Girls To Join The Cybersecurity Fight

GCHQ is launching a competition with the aim of encouraging more girls to think about a career in cyber security. Girls aged 13 to 15 will compete in tests that will also cover logic and coding, networking and cryptography.

Women currently only make up 10% of the global cyber workforce, the agency says.

The competition is part of a five-year National Cyber Security Strategy announced in November 2016, and will be overseen by the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Working in teams of four, the girls will complete online tasks remotely on their school computers, with each stage being harder than the previous one. The 10 groups with the highest scores will then be invited to the CyberFirst competition final in London to investigate a complex cyber threat.

CyberFirst's winning team will be awarded £1,000 worth of computer equipment for their school, as well as individual prizes.

First Steps

The NCSC was set up to be the main body for cyber security at a national level. It manages national cyber security incidents, carries out real-time threat analysis and provides advice.

An NCSC spokeswoman said: "Women can, and do, make a huge difference in cyber security, this competition could inspire many more to take their first steps into this dynamic and rewarding career."

Government Communications Headquarters director Robert Hannigan said: "I work alongside some truly brilliant women who help protect the UK from all manner of online threats.

"The CyberFirst Girls competition allows teams of young women a glimpse of this exciting world and provides a great opportunity to use new skills."

BBC:            Difficult: Attracting Women To Cybersecurity:

Women Write Better Computer Code Than Men:

 

« Twelve Things To Know About Self Driving Cars
How Much Cyber Insurance Is Enough? »

Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

BackupVault

BackupVault

BackupVault is a leading provider of completely automatic, fully encrypted online, cloud backup.

Cyber Security Supplier Directory

Cyber Security Supplier Directory

Free Access: Cyber Security Supplier Directory listing 5,000+ specialist service providers.

CYRIN

CYRIN

CYRIN® Cyber Range. Real Tools, Real Attacks, Real Scenarios. See why leading educational institutions and companies in the U.S. have begun to adopt the CYRIN® system.

Syxsense

Syxsense

Syxsense brings together endpoint management and security for greater efficiency and collaboration between IT management and security teams.

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service designed to simplify secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and distributed workforce.

MIRACL

MIRACL

MIRACL provides the world’s only single step Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) which can replace passwords on 100% of mobiles, desktops or even Smart TVs.

Jooble

Jooble

Jooble is a job search aggregator operating in 71 countries worldwide. We simplify the job search process by displaying active job ads from major job boards and career sites across the internet.

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout

A simple and cost-effective solution to monitor, investigate and analyze data from the web, social media and cyber sources to identify threats and make better security decisions.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

FREE eBook: Practical Guide To Optimizing Your Cloud Deployments

FREE eBook: Practical Guide To Optimizing Your Cloud Deployments

AWS Marketplace eBook: Optimizing your cloud deployments to accelerate cloud activities, reduce costs, and improve customer experience.

Cyberlytic

Cyberlytic

Cyberlytic applies artificial intelligence to combat the most sophisticated of web application threats, addressing the growing problem of high volumes of threat data.

Uniscon

Uniscon

Uniscon is a leading provider of cloud security solutions in Europe.

ESTsoft

ESTsoft

ESTsoft Securedisk is an enterprise-wide file security solution that stores and manages all data in a central file server.

Secure Channels

Secure Channels

Secure Channels products offer advanced access control, adaptable encryption, data protection, enterprise confidentiality solutions and proximity-based monitoring and intelligence capabilities.

Sothis

Sothis

Sothis is an information technology services company offering a range of solutions including cybersecurity, managed security services, information governance and compliance.

Go Grow

Go Grow

Go Grow is a business oriented accelerator program at Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship. Targeted technologies include IoT, AI and Cybersecurity.

BotRx

BotRx

BotRx is the only AI-enabled, automated fraud protection technology that allows fast & easy deployment - continually keeping invisible bad bots and agents at bay, so you can rest easy.

BridgingMinds Network

BridgingMinds Network

BridgingMinds Network is an industry leading best practices and IT security training provider in Singapore.