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CyberFirst Girls competition finds worthy winner

Lancaster Girls Grammar School were awarded the inaugural title, ahead of teams from across Britain

News article - 30 Mar 2017

2,000 teams, over 8,000 participants, and hundreds of hours of code-breaking challenges later, the final of the CyberFirst Girls competition went down to the wire!

Ten teams of girls from schools around the country made it through to the grand final at Lancaster House, London, where they took part in an exciting day of cyber challenges. Eventually, after much tension, the team from Lancaster Girls Grammar School were judged the winners.

The CyberFirst Girls competition was organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, to raise more awareness of careers in cyber security amongst girls, because only 10% of the global cyber security workforce is female.

Emily, who won with 'Circular Logic' schoolmates Evie and Lauren, said: "The thing we enjoyed most about the competition was the ability to see our progress. There was nothing that could be improved about the contest, and the aesthetic on the website was fantastic. We were also quite pleased to find out the final was being held in somewhere called Lancaster House!"

Alison Whitney, deputy director for digital services at the National Cyber Security Centre, said: "All of the girls were very worthy finalists - the standard of work was incredibly high and we were very impressed with their work. Having worked in cyber security for over a decade I would recommend working in cyber security to any young woman hoping to make a positive impact on the world. Cyber security is increasingly important to help people live and work online, and we hope CyberFirst Girls will help young women develop skills that could lead to a dynamic and rewarding career."

A full summary of the event is available.