Two weeks ago, four teams of Upper Fourth girls entered the National Cyber Security Centre (GCHQ) CyberFirst Girls Competition. This national competition aims to provide a fun and challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cybersecurity. The competition lasted ten days with each of the teams developing their understanding of cybersecurity using research and teamwork, to solve increasingly difficult challenges. The challenges were not easy but the girls showed great resilience and tenacity to battle their way through the competition. While all of the teams gave a sterling effort, one team managed to secure a place in the semi-final, which they attended last Saturday. The all-day event held in Cheltenham was a similar format but with more scenario-based challenges. Out of the 28 teams at the event, our team put in another impressive effort to reach eighteenth place overall. Well done to Emily Blackwell, Ellie Cartwright, Evie Baker and Milly Yates.
What is CyberFirst?
• Open to girls in Year 8*
• 24,000 participants since 2016
• 3,350 teams entered in 2019
Set up by the National Cyber Security Centre, the CyberFirst Girls’ Competition is an annual UK-wide competition to introduce young female-identifying students to the world of cybersecurity – and the skills that could start an incredible career. Through rounds of puzzles and challenges, the Year 8* girls form teams of up to four, to take on challenges that train them in the skills
they need to defend our digital world. The best part is, they don’t need to know anything about IT yet: they’ll learn it all along the way.