Every Girl Scout remembers receiving her first badge and now, thanks to a partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA, and network and enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks Inc., girls will have the opportunity to work for cybersecurity badges.
The Girl Scouts have made a concerted effort to bring their skills program into the science, technology, and engineering age including working with Alphabet Inc.’s Google on coding projects. Focusing on cybersecurity makes perfect sense in the age of massive international cyberattacks.
In June, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based security company and the youth organization announced a series of 18 cybersecurity badges that will be available starting in September 2018.
The initiative will equip young girls and teenagers with the knowledge to positively influence the future of the industry, the groups said in a joint statement.
The new badge program could eventually help close the gender gap in the cybersecurity workforce. Cybersecurity professionals previously told Bloomberg BNA that women are underrepresented in the cybersecurity field. Women only hold 11 percent of cybersecurity jobs globally and 14 percent in North America, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study (ISC)² blog.
Many women in tech advocacy groups are thrilled with the cybersecurity badge initiative and hope it will even the score between cyberattackers and defenders.
“It’s an absolutely wonderful idea,” Suzanne Porter-Kuchay, chairperson of the Women in Technology’s Cybersecurity Special Interest Group, told Bloomberg BNA. “The cyber defenders are fighting a losing battle and attackers are getting more creative. So, it’s really important as a nation that we use all of our resources—boys and girls.”
The Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, a women’s technology trade organization, said this initiative is important in building cybersecurity skills in young people, especially girls at a young age, since they’re not pushed to do it while they’re still children.
“It’s about prepping our young cyber ninjas for a future of technology and security,” Mari Galloway, director of finance and communications at Women Cyberjutsu, told Bloomberg BNA. “That's why programs like Cyberjutsu Girls Academy and Girl Scouts are important because we introduce these concepts to them at a young age,” she said.
To keep up with the constantly evolving world of privacy and security sign up for the Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Update.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)