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CyberFirst Girls Competition: Could 2018 be your year?

Created:  15 Jun 2017
Updated:  15 Jun 2017
Author:  David C
CyberFirst girls competition finalists

The popularity of the 2017 CyberFirst Girls competition, and the outstanding abilities demonstrated by all of the participants, proved to us that the UK has a huge pool of talent, ready and willing to take on the challenges of our digital future.

So, in 2018 we’ll be offering the young women of the United Kingdom another chance to explore the world of cyber security. It is our hope that this competition will help to ensure women are better represented in the cyber workforce of tomorrow.

A look at CyberFirst Girls 2017

The 2017 competition attracted an amazing 2,171 teams of girls aged between 13 and 15. These 8,000 participants, from schools all across the UK, were whittled down to just 10 elite teams, through a series of online challenges and puzzles. The top 100 rankings for the online competition can be found here.

The competition finale saw the 37 girls who made up the top teams meet at a central London location, where they faced a final cyber challenge. In 2017, Lancaster Girls Grammar eventually held the number one slot. But, in 2018, it could be your school that's victorious.

Registration for the 2018 competition will be open in the Autumn.

The ten percent

The maps below show the national spread of initial applicants (left), and finalist teams (right), for CyberFirst Girls Competition 2017. These maps make it clear that talent is present throughout the country. But this wealth of ability and enthusiasm is not reflected in the cyber workforce, only 10% of which is female. We would like to see that change for the better.

The event clearly demonstrated that the shortage of female cyber security professionals is not due to a lack of interest. We hope that the CyberFirst Girls Competition 2018 will be even bigger and better, and that in years to come we’ll see many of the participants enjoying challenging and rewarding roles within the industry.

More details on how to take part will be posted on the NCSC website in the Autumn.

CyberFirst Girls competition 2017

David C

Cyber Skills & Growth


Dave Gwilt - 13 Nov 2017
When will this year's competition be announced, please?
David C - 14 Nov 2017
Hi Dave. Preliminary details of the CyberFirst Girls competition will be available before Christmas and teams will be able to register from mid-January 2018. Please keep checking for further details.
Elissa - 04 Dec 2017
As a small technology business if we wanted to get involved/ or support this event how can we go about this?
David C - 05 Dec 2017

Many thanks for the kind offer to help support the CyberFirst Girls competition. Due to the complexity of running a competition like this we have decided to keep this as a NCSC/GCHQ supported event. However, as an SME, you can get involved with some of the wider CyberFirst activities we run. These include speaking at our CyberFirst summer courses for 15 – 17yr olds or hosting a CyberFirst bursary student for 8 weeks over the summer (all paid for by the NCSC).

If you would like to get involved, please drop us a line at .

Thanks again for offering to help – we really do appreciate your support.

David C
CyberFirst team

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