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Cyber Security, CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020 kicks off

Cyber Security, CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020 kicks off. First part of #GirlsComp20 involves a series of code-breaking challenges

CyberFirst Girls Competition is back. The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has organized the usual initiative, but in 2020 it has changed the format slightly. The competition is aimed at Year 8 girls in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. The content for each category is consistent with subjects within the Computer Science syllabus from both the National Curriculum and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. However, the competition will contain some advanced cyber topics that are not covered in traditional education but will seek to stretch the lateral thinking and additional cyber knowledge of the teams. To encourage and recognise participation from all parts of the UK, NCSC will extend the online qualifier round to 10 days and introduce a semi-final round. First part of #GirlsComp20 will take place from the 13th – 22nd January 2020 and involves a series of code-breaking challenges.

The Competition is part of a UK NCSC program to identify people with potential to be the future first line of defence of the country

Girl Competition is part of NCSC CyberFirst, a programme of opportunities to help young people explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the world of cyber security. It covers a broad range of activities: comprehensive bursary and apprenticeship schemes, a girls’ only competition and school’s development courses at UK universities and colleges. There’s even Cyber Discovery, an online extracurricular programme. 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 of the country. Moreover, a CyberFirst Bursary offers undergraduates £4,000 per year financial assistance and paid cyber security work experience to help kick-start their career in cyber. Furthermore, the CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship allows undergraduates to earn whilst they learn, ready for a job with GCHQ.

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