Please find attached information about an exciting opportunity for pupils to test their cyber skills in a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) competition.
The CyberFirst Girls’ Competition is a free to enter contest for girls aged 12 to 13, who are invited to form teams and take on a series of online puzzles and challenges related to cyber security.
Registration for the 2020 CyberFirst Girls Competition opens on Monday 2nd December and is open to girls from S2.
The highest scoring teams from the opening round will go through to the semi-finals, taking place on February 8th in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North of England, Midlands, South West, South East and London, with the final on 15th and 16th March in Wales.
12,000 pupils took part in the 2019 competition, which tested their skills on topics from logic and cryptography to networking and online safety. Of the girls who took part last year, 98% said they would like to learn more about cyber security.
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Growth, said:
“The CyberFirst Girls Competition is a great introduction for young people to cyber security, and since its launch it has gone from strength to strength.
“While the competition continues to grow in popularity, we want to make sure we’re drawing on talent from all parts of the UK, and the introduction of regional semi-finals will help us do that.
“I hope this new format will encourage more schools than ever to get involved, and to help us build the diverse workforce so crucial to the nation’s future cyber security.”