Girls demonstrate cyber security skills

Girls from Ormiston Six Villages Academy have taken part in a national cyber security challenge.

The challenge was a fantastic opportunity to find new and emerging talent in cyber security

Two teams of students who are currently studying GCSE computer science at the school in Westergate entered the CyberFirst Girls Competition. This challenge is set by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, to find the best and brightest candidates who may in the future help protect the UK from cyber attacks.

Jennie Hudson, computer science teacher, said: “The girls had to tackle a series of online challenges covering four main cyber security topics in a fun yet challenging gameplay experience.

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“The puzzles became progressively harder, allowing girls to stretch their learning and gain further knowledge that could help them in their everyday lives.

Two teams, eight girls in total, took part in CyberFirst Girls Competition

“All eight girls worked very hard over the eight days and managed to complete a large number of challenges.”

Taking part were Jessica Hayler, Leah Richards, Cara Neale, Laura Cranford, Belle Mills and Holly Thompson from year nine, with Juliette Feest and Holly Kingshott from year.

The competition has been designed to inspire and encourage future generations of young women to consider a career in cyber – an industry where currently only ten per cent are women.

More than 2,100 teams entered and although the academy’s teams were not among the ten finalists, they should be incredibly proud of their involvement in this fantastic opportunity to find new and emerging talent in cyber security.

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