Welsh Assembly Finance Minister Rebecca Evans is encouraging girls aged 12-13 (year 8) from across Wales to take part in the CyberFirst Girls 2020 Competition which opens for registration today Monday 2nd December 2019.
CyberFirst started as a programme of opportunities to help young people explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the world of cyber security.
Their purpose is to develop the UK's next generation of cyber professionals through our student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions.
CyberFirst covers a broad range of activities such as:
Each activity is designed to seek out people with potential, offering the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world.
The competition, which is run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is designed to encourage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cyber security, which is an industry that is traditionally male dominated.
The CyberFirst Girls Competition provides a fun and challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cyber security.
The competition is a team event, with each made up of four female students from Year 8 in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland
Teams will be tested with a series of fun and exciting problem-solving puzzles and challenges to help them develop their skills in cyber security and ultimately secure a place in the grand final.
And for the first time ever the national final will be held in Wales, with a new regional semi-final round being introduced to ensure representation from all parts of the UK.
Encouraging pupils from across Wales to get involved, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:
This competition is a fantastic opportunity to both educate and nurture young talent in a fun environment, and help develop a diverse workforce that contributes towards protecting our nation’s future cyber security.
I want to encourage girls across Wales to take part in this exciting challenge, have fun and learn something new about cyber security.
Registration for the Girls Competition 2020 is now open and you can find more info on how to apply here
CyberFirst also provide short courses designed to introduce the younger generation to the world of cyber security. These courses are called Adventurers, Defenders, Futures and Advanced. To find more info out about their courses, bursaries and apprenticeships you can visit their website here
Good Luck to everyone who is taking part in the CyberFirst Girls 2020 Competition!