Girlguiding UK create badges for completing activities in cyber skills
Partnered with NCSC and GCHQ, Girlguiding South West England will in future offer members the chance to collect badges for completing activities in cyber skills.
Girlguiding South West England and the National Cyber Security Centre have partnered on the project which will include a range of resources aimed at getting more young women able to deal with potential cyber threats. One resource, called ‘On the net’, includes a range of activities for girls to complete within their units after which the badges can be collected. Staged with levels to cover all ages within Guiding, from Rainbows to Rangers, the activity pack is designed to increase awareness.
The resource incorporates aspects of the NCSC’s successful CyberFirst initiative, which has seen in excess of 24,000 young women engage in cyber security challenges. In an increasingly connected world young people are using connected devices everyday, and this initiative is a practical way of helping participants understand how devices interact.
Initiatives like this are vital at a time when the UK continues to grapple with a significant cyber security skills shortfall. To bridge that gap in the long term, attracting young women into a sector they have traditionally been under-represented in can only benefit the UK economy. Furthermore, all citizens require basic understanding and awareness of cyber issues and using easily accessible tools like this is an excellent way of ensuring more young women learn those skills at a young age.
Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK yesterday commented:
“The partnership between GCHQ and the NCSC working with Girlguiding South West England brings cyber and security into the public domain.
“Encouraging young girls to learn about cyber with the introduction of this new badge showcases how tech can work to keep us safe and aims to inspire and ignite the interest of the next generation into cyber skills.”
Jeremy Fleming, Director, GCHQ, yesterday said:
“I’m delighted that GCHQ and the NCSC have this opportunity to support Girlguiding South West England in learning about the exciting world of Cyber.
“As we look to the future, the world is becoming increasingly digital. Protecting the UK’s digital homeland is as critical as our intelligence mission.
“I hope some of the girls who complete these new Girlguiding Cyber activities will be inspired to become part of the next generation of experts our country needs to face the challenge of the next 100 years.”
Latest News from
G7 Summit: techUK urges leaders to align on digital policies23/08/2019 10:05:00
Ahead of the G7 Summit, techUK urges leaders to make progress in aligning digital policies and boosting the growth of the digital economy.
Explaining adequacy; personal data transfers to the EEA under no deal22/08/2019 16:25:00
Transfering personal data from to the EEA will become harder under no deal, here techUK explains why, and the next steps the UK should take.
PublicTechnology catch up with GDS Innovation lead Sue Bateman22/08/2019 13:05:00
GDS Innovation Lead Sue Bateman explores the Innovation Strategy’s chances of a lasting-legacy.
New Local Public Services Committee announced21/08/2019 14:15:00
techUK delighted to announce the members of the Local Public Services Committee.
Local Digital Fund open for next round of funding for councils20/08/2019 13:05:00
Councils looking to improve public services through digital technology can apply for funding from today.
Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee: Quarterly Statement16/08/2019 09:20:00
Following on from the great engagement from the Chair’s Interim Statement in May, the Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee are releasing a quarterly communication.
£250m NHS AI Lab Announced15/08/2019 11:10:00
The Prime Minister, Health Secretary, NHS CEO and NHSX CEO came out in force last week to announce a £250m fund to ‘boost artificial intelligence to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS’.
Government announce CSIIF funding and UK Cyber Council Delivery Lead14/08/2019 16:05:00
The third round of funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) has been launched today by Cyber Security Minister Nigel Adams.