The National CyberFirst Girls Competition is run by National Cyber Security Centre which is part of GCHQ, the Governments Communications Headquarters.
This week we entered 6 teams from Year 8 into the competition. This national competition aims to inspire girls interested in technology to pursue a career in cyber security while breaking barriers in the male-dominated field of cybersecurity.
The competition is a team event. Each team tackles challenges from cryptography and logic to artificial intelligence and networking for the chance to be crowned cyber security champions. The teams worked really well together, with many not knowing their team members when they started the day. They communicated well, worked hard and did not give up… even when some of the challenges were really tough.
The teams had a couple of hours of training in the cyber security world with Mrs Taylor and Mr Scott, before making a start on the competition. The competition contains 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. The students have until the 29th November to continue to work on the competition away from the classroom. We hope that some of our teams do progress to the next round.
Director of Business & Computing