The Girl Scouts are riding the wave of the future! Today, Girl Scouts of the USA and Palo Alto Networks announced that they will join forces to introduce the first-ever national Girl Scout Cybersecurity badges for girls in grades K–12. The series of 18 badges, which is expected to roll out in September 2018, will be given to Scouts to indicate their mastery and leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Their goal is to give girls confidence to pursue science-related fields in the future.
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In a press statement, Girl Scouts of the USA point to the vast underrepresentation of women in the cybersecurity industry—they hold just 11% of jobs globally—as inspiration for the endeavor. Research by the Computing Technology Industry Association, also found that 69% of women don’t pursue careers in information technology simply because they didn’t know what opportunities were available to them.
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“At Girl Scouts of the USA, we recognize that in our increasingly tech-driven world, future generations must possess the skills to navigate the complexities and inherent challenges of the cyber realm,” Sylvia Acevedo, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA said in a statement. “It is our hope that our collaboration will serve to cultivate our troops’ budding interest in cybersecurity by providing access to invaluable knowledge that may otherwise not be available to girls―in communities across the United States.”
You go, girls!