On Monday 26th April, a team of pupils from St Margaret’s School for Girls represented Scotland in the UK Grand Final of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) CyberFirst Girls code-breaking competition. After beating 6,500 girls in the qualifying stages, the second year pupils secured third place in the Grand Final, placing them as the top aspiring codebreakers of their age group in the country.
Pupils Ellie Ong, Rachel Murray, Celine Muir, and Iris Emembolu, were among nine other teams who put their cyber security know-how to the test in the CyberFirst Girls final, a competition run by the NCSC to inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cyber security.
The final competition saw ten teams simultaneously take on a series of cyber security challenges covering cryptography, logic and networking. Now in its fifth year, the CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to inspire girls to pursue their interests in technology and consider a career in cyber security – a field where women are still under-represented in the UK, making up an estimated 15% of the sector workforce.