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Teenage girls from across the UK are being invited to pit their tech skills against one another in a GCHQ competition to find the best & brightest candidates to protect the nation from future cyber attacks.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition, set up by GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), is an important step to knock down barriers preventing women from joining the fight against online crime.  Only 10% of the global cyber workforce are female, meaning millions of British women may be missing out on a career they could excel in.

Girls aged 13-15 can enter the competition in teams of 4, plus a teacher who will act as a guardian & mentor.  The pupils will be put through a series of challenges to test their cyber security skills against young women from all over the UK, with the top 10 teams progressing to a national final in London in March 2017.

The victorious contestants will take home individual prizes and their school will receive IT equipment to the value of £1,000.  There will be hints & tips available to help the students through the online phase and a teacher’s guide to help make the most of the competition.

Team Guardians can pre-register their interest from 18 January 2017 where downloads to a teacher’s pack, T&Cs and Q&As can be found at www.ncsc.gov.uk/events/cyberfirst-girls-competition.  Teams will then be invited to the competition website for full registration from 13 February 2017.
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