National challenge will develop schoolgirls’ cyber skills

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Teenage girls from across the UK are being invited to pit their tech skills against one another this month in a GCHQ competition to find the best and brightest candidates to protect the nation from future cyber attacks.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition, set up by Cheltenham-hedquartered GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), is an important step to knock down barriers preventing women from joining the fight against online crime.

The pupils were put through a series of challenges to test their cyber security skills, with the top 10 teams progressing to a national final in London this month.

GCHQ Director Robert Hannigen 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.”