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If You're A Tech-Savvy Female Student You’re Probably Being Targeted By The Security Services

Think you have what it takes to become a spy?

18/01/2017 13:45 GMT

Tech-savvy schoolgirls are being targeted by the security services, but pupils need not worry they’re being spied on by the government.

GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is launching a competition for teenage girls in a bid to find the next generation of ‘Jane Bonds’ to protect the nation from cyber attacks. 

Currently, only 10% of the global cyber workforce - who fight online crime - is female.   

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GCHQ has launched a new cyber competition for teenage girls to help break down gender barriers in the profession.

GCHQ director Robert Hannigan said: “I work alongside some truly brilliant women who help protect the UK from all manner of online threats. 

“The CyberFirst Girls Competition allows young women a glimpse of this exciting world and provides a great opportunity to use new skills.” 

The competition will see teams of four girls aged 13-15 tackle a series of online challenges to test their cyber security skills. 

The top 10-scoring teams will progress to a national final in London in March, where they be given a more complex cyber security threat to investigate. 

The winning team will be awarded with £1,000-worth of IT equipment for their school. 

Alison, a deputy director at NCSC, added: “Women can, and do, make a huge difference in cyber security - this competition could inspire many more to take their first steps into this dynamic and rewarding career.” 

Team guardians can pre-register their interest in the competition now via the NCSC website.  

Think you have what it takes to become a spy? 

Give these GCHQ brain-teasers a try. The higher Enigma Rotor Scale, the more complex the challenge.