Girl Scouts to study for cybersecurity badges

girl scouts logoGirl Scouts, best known for their cookies (real cookies, not the ones stored in your browser) will soon be able to add another badge to the ones they can already earn for skills ranging from first aid to storytelling: a badge for cybersecurity skills, according to CNN Tech.

According to Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo, the impetus for the badges came from the girls themselves. “Young girls wanted to know how to make sure they don’t get bullied online … older girls want to know how you can prevent cyber-attacks.” She added: “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.”

The badge programs are being developed in partnership with Palo Alto Networks, a security company, and is a welcome part of the wider move in the tech industry to encourage girls and young women to think about careers in security and technology.

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