It has been reported that the Girl Scouts of America is now offering girls as young as five a badge in cybersecurity. It’s part of a drive to get more girls involved in science, technology engineering and mathematics from a young age. An event in Silicon Valley gave scouts an opportunity to earn the first patch in the activity.
Cristina Roa, VP International at Securonix:
“The Girl Scouts initiative is an investment in the future of cybersecurity, and it will help to boost interest and participation in an industry in which women are not only traditionally underrepresented but an industry that is also facing a severe skills shortage.
The initiative offers girls the chance to learn about data privacy, online safety, coding and even how to become a white hat hacker. It is immensely important that initiatives, such as this one, continue to gain funding and support from the cybersecurity industry and governments. This will help drive awareness around cybersecurity, encourage more females to get into the industry and ensure that we have the resources in the future to combat an exponentially growing problem.”