CyberFirst set to host 250 girls from 12 schools in NI's first ever EmPower Girls event

  • CyberFirst is set to host 250 Year Eight girls from 12 schools at Northern Ireland’s first ever EmPower Girls event on Tuesday, 30 April.

     The event, sponsored by Aflac Northern Ireland, is aimed at encouraging young girls to consider a career in technology and cyber security.

    With sobering statistics revealing women represent just 23 per cent of the tech industry in Northern Ireland, EmPower Girls aims to address this imbalance by raising awareness of the variety of roles on offer in tech and cyber security as part of a high energy, immersive experience.

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    Over 30 industry companies, academia and government institutions have registered to support the new event, which is designed to inspire more girls to explore a career in cyber security.

    Students will hear a keynote speech from cyber security expert Lisa Forte before taking part in breakout sessions, live cyber security demos and exciting competitions with fantastic prizes.

    RELATED: 30 tech employers sign up to support first ever CyberFirst EmPower event for girls in NI

    Whilst all places and sponsorship opportunities have been filled for this exciting upcoming event, schools and colleges can sign up for future events, as well as businesses and professionals, who may wish to share their knowledge and help spread their passion for the subject to these young female pupils.

    How to get involved

    CyberFirst Schools and Colleges, supported by Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre (NICSC), form a growing eco-system of schools and colleges accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This programme aims to cultivate a passion for technology among young individuals and equip them with the skills necessary to be at the forefront of cyber security.

    1. Register Your School or College

    Become a recognised CyberFirst School or College, gaining NCSC accreditation and unlocking opportunities to engage with local and national companies. 

    Register your interest here: CyberFirst School and College Application Form 2023-2024 (Northern Ireland)

    Watch: What it means to become a CyberFirst School

    2. Register Your Company as an Industry Supporter

    Help inspire future cyber security experts and address industry skill gaps by becoming an Industry Supporter. Showcase your brand, open up cyber security to a broader audience, and contribute to a diverse, supportive industry. 

    Contact to join.

    3. Become a CyberFirst Ambassador

    If you have a background in cyber security or related fields, become a CyberFirst Ambassador. Play a pivotal role in fostering skills among students and contribute to the growth of the cyber security field. 

    Register your interest here: CyberFirst Ambassador - Expression of Interest

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    Together, Let’s Empower Northern Ireland’s Cyber Security Community

    Join us in addressing the skills gap and building a strong foundation for the future of cyber security. Together, we can make a difference.

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