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Saturday, April 06, 2019

The Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage Is a Big Problem. You Can Help Girl Scouts Solve It | RSA Conference Blog - Security Bloggers Network

As CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, I know the importance of having a cybersecurity workforce that protects our personal information, the systems that we depend on, and our national defense, reports Sylvia Acevedo, award-winning entrepreneur.

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This workforce must have the technical skills and a spirit of civic responsibility to be the STEM visionaries our society needs.

The stats on the cybersecurity workforce shortage are well known. By 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs, while attacks are increasing every day. We also know that women are significantly underrepresented in the field, making up only 20 percent.

The industry, and our nation, need solutions to close this workforce gap—and Girl Scouts is ready with programs that reach into every corner of America. 

We launched our cybersecurity curriculum last fall, because girls themselves were asking for cybersecurity skills. More than 44,000 cybersecurity badges have been earned in just the first six months by girls in K–5, preparing them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue their interest in STEM, and cybersecurity in particular...

Girls want to know how to protect themselves online, how to protect their homes, families, and communities. They know what’s going on in the world, they want to know how things work, and they want to be part of the solution. They are digital natives—this is the world they live in and move through, and they want to understand the systems undergirding it.

Almost every day, there’s another news story about a cyber-attack that ranges from extortion and theft to espionage and data manipulation. Not only do girls see this in the news, but they also watch TV shows and movies with plots that involve hacking.

Source: Security Bloggers Network