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GCHQ seeks teenage girls to join cyber security fight - Comment from Fujitsu

January 2017 by Fujitsu

In light of the news that GCHQ has announced it is launching a competition with the aim of encouraging more girls to think about a career in cyber security, Catherine Irvine, Senior Business and Development Manager, Security Operations Centre, UK and Ireland at Fujitsu, comments:

"There’s no denying that there are not enough women in cyber security. This is partly due to the lack of awareness by women of the opportunities that exist, and the perception that women don’t belong in security industries has become institutionalised. We need to remove those barriers, and greater awareness of these opportunities needs to be part of their formative experiences at school; so it’s great to see GCHQ launching an initiative to encourage more girls to think about following a career in cyber security.

"That said, more still needs to be done to attract women into these roles and as such, it’s important that other organisations recognise their responsibility to combating barriers to women who are looking to enter into technical professions. It’s also key for women in cyber security to share their own stories and insights as to what security is really like as a profession, so other women can start to see it as an accessible profession that brings significant career choices and opportunities. Casting the industry in this light starts brings to life the purpose of cyber security inspiring other women to join the industry."

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