GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a competition to inspire and encourage girls aged between 13-15 to consider a career in the exciting world of cyber security. Witham MP, Priti Patel, has contacted secondary school Headteachers throughout her constituency to recommend they take part in this unique competition where the top 10 teams will progress to a national final in London where they will compete against each other to investigate and attempt to solve who is behind a crime.
The victorious contestants will take home individual prizes and their school will receive IT equipment to the value of £1,000. Girls will also be given the opportunity to apply for CyberFirst Student Bursary of £4,000 per year of undergraduate study at university. Priti commented:
“GCHQ is a world class institution that protects the UK from all manner of online threats.
The CyberFirst Girls competition allows teams of young girls in my constituency an opportunity to glimpse this exciting world and learn new skills.
I hope it encourages the entrants to consider taking their first steps into this dynamic and very rewarding career.”