CyberTech Girls events are focused on sharing technology training with middle school and high school girls that want to learn more about cybersecurity topics. College faculty and technology companies collaborate to host CyberTech Girls on their campuses to immerse students into a cybersecurity environment. Students will experience a variety of hands-on activities and engage with industry professionals, college students, and professors.
With the gender ratio of less than 15% female in technology and security roles, it is imperative that we encourage female students to enjoy experiences related to cybersecurity in a fun, no-pressure environment (read more on Slate). This type of experience can help guide and develop future interest in cybersecurity education and professions.
Our colleges are interested in helping to develop pathways to cybersecurity careers that will be fulfilling and lucrative for females while helping to balance the gender ratio in technology fields. Sponsors, professionals, mentors, and volunteers are encouraged to be a part of these events.
CyberTech Girls was referenced in the PC Magazine article 40 Online Resources All Women in Tech Careers Should Know About by Esther Schindler as a way to find additional resources that may be of interest for women and girls in technology. West Side Story Newspaper highlighted CTG’s 2018 event in the article Girls Can Get Technical Too: CyberTech Girls Workshop Gives Girls Hands-On Training.
Colleges that are interested in hosting a CyberTech Girls event may get in touch with Professor Tobi West at Coastline College by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the workshops can be found on the CyberWatch West website.