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Could the girls in your school be GCHQ’s next cyber champions?


The CyberFirst Girls Competition 2019 is an opportunity for Year 8 girls to gain cyber skills, solve problems, work as a team and have fun with friends!

From midday on 10th December, teachers of any subject, can register teams at: https://www.cyberfirst.ncsc.gov.uk/girlscompetition/

  • Schools may enter as many teams (of up to 4 girls) as they wish.
  • No specialist IT skills are required.
  • It is completely free to sign up and take part.
  • The competition begins with a week-long online round on Monday 21 January 2019, during which the teams attempt to complete a series of codebreaking challenges.
  • The top ten teams will compete in a face-to-face Grand Final in Edinburgh on 24-25 March. Winners will receive £1,000 toward school computing equipment as well as individual prizes!

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"I really enjoyed how the competition story fitted together and was set out like a realistic cyber attack. The challenges covered skills in computing you wouldn’t ordinarily come across at school.” Odette, a school student from Gloucestershire 


Currently, women make up only 11% of the global cyber workforce. However, the NCSC are committed to developing a talent pipeline to nurture the next generation of skilled cyber security professionals. We hope this exciting national competition will spark a lifelong interest in the girls, that could be turned into a fulfilling career in cyber security.


Please email any queries to  girls.competition@ncsc.gov.uk

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