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Girls Take Part in Cyber Skills Event to Promote Tech Career

Girls Take Part in Cyber Skills Event to Promote Tech Career

Girls from 10 schools nationwide took part in a cybersecurity event designed to test their skills and encourage them to pursue a career in security.

The CyberFirst Girls challenge was organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, and saw 37 girls complete tasks to investigate a staged website hack.

The event was designed to make girls more aware of cyber-focused job opportunities, in an attempt to increase the number of young women choosing technology careers in the future.

Founder of Inspiring Girls International, Miriam Gonzalez, said every girl who attended the event would be valuable to the cyber sector.

Gonzalez added: “I was truly impressed by the talent of the girls who took part in the competition and I hope that many of them pursue a career in the technology field.”

Throughout the competition the girls were assisted by notable women in the industry including Talk Talk’s chief executive Dido Harding, Symantec chief strategist Sian John, and Microsoft general manager of marketing and operations Nicola Hodson, amongst many others.

The winning team from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School won £1,000 worth of IT equipment for their school.

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