CyberTech Girls aims to provide guidance to help young ladies in 7th through 12th grade learn about cybersecurity through hands-on workshops at college campuses. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the different disciplines of cybersecurity and gain awareness of personal cyber wellness topics to help them stay safe online. Attendees will get to work hands-on with computers in the lab, meet industry professionals to learn about their career and education paths, and network with their peers at CyberTech Girls events.
The CyberSeek website shows that cybersecurity professionals are in high demand and the talent gap continues to increase across the United States with 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions expected by 2021, according to Forbes. Now, more than ever, we must work together to close the talent gap and help shift the gender balance to bring diversity to the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. Female students with an interest in cybersecurity can attend a CTG event to experience activities as part of the pathway to cybersecurity education.
In addition to the computer networking and cybersecurity courses that may be offered at the high school campuses, there are many new cybersecurity education pathways being developed across the country, CyberTech Girls participants that want to continue learning about cybersecurity can help build the pathway by taking the next steps, such as competing in a cyber defense competition, starting or joining a cybersecurity student club, attending local professional organization meetings, and organizing local educational workshops or YouTube videos for their community to help raise awareness about cybersecurity best practices.
CyberTech Girls is a one-day event for 7th-12th graders to visit their local college campus and learn about cybersecurity and technology. Hands-on activities may include a mock crime scene with a simulated computer forensics case, website design with personal cyber wellness topics, binary and cryptography lessons, and computer assembly.