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Helping Girl Scouts to Earn their Cybersecurity Badge

October, 15, 2020 – In February, Project Cyber had its first event with the Girl Scouts with the council from Pennekamp Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California. Rachel from Project Cyber led fourteen Girl Scouts through the “Insider Detection” exercise, where they learned important cybersecurity concepts such as encryption, secure internet protocols, and access control on their way to earning their first Girl Scouts Cybersecurity badge!

Fast forward to October, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic…

In partnership with Bank of America’s Women in Technology & Operations organization for Cyber Security Awareness Month, Project Cyber reached nearly 800 Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts councils all over the United States with two virtual offerings of the “Insider Detection” exercise. Middle school and high school aged Girls Scouts were led through the workshop, where they worked together as cyber forensics analysts to pore through digital evidence and figure out the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of a fictional data breach. The program included a presentation on cybersecurity concepts and a career panel discussion with Bank of America cybersecurity professionals.

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who earned their Cybersecurity badge!

Project Cyber Co-founder Rachel Bierner with the Girl Scouts council from Pennekamp Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California.

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