There’s a Huge Shortage of Women Working in Cybersecurity—This Student Contest Hopes to Change That

And it’s offering thousands in prizing, too.

Sponsored By Girls Go CyberStart
Girls Go CyberStart Is the Student Contest We Need Right Now
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Some research shows that by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million workers in cybersecurity.* Indeed, this field is growing by the day, but many of our students—especially girls—may not be aware of cybersecurity career opportunities. In fact, women fill only 11 percent of cybersecurity roles globally.

Enter Girls Go CyberStart, a challenge-based competition that hopes to put a serious dent in these numbers. The premise is simple: High school girls sign up to solve a series of challenges for the chance to win prizes and scholarships for themselves and their schools. Girls can compete individually or work together in a Girls Go CyberStart Club. 

The competition places girls in realistic scenarios that people working in cybersecurity often face. It’s perfect for girls who love solving puzzles and using logic to work through challenging tasks. 

Here’s the best part—girls don’t need to be a tech whiz or coding expert to play. All they need is a computer or a Chromebook with a reliable Internet connection, plus a willingness to learn new things!

Know a girl who would love this challenge? Encourage her to sign up using the link below. The first stage is open until April 12, 2019—so get started today!

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*SOURCE: Center for CyberSafety and Education, 2017