Palo Alto Networks, Accenture, and USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) have collaborated to introduce a cyber security badge program in Singapore, offering a cyber security curriculum to girls from ages 5 to 18.
A total of 112 Girl Scouts from various schools in Singapore took part in the launch, where volunteers from Palo Alto Networks and Accenture conducted cyber security lessons for the young girls.
Currently, this program is delivered through in-person facilitation of small groups designed to engage girls across different age groups – from “Daisies (ages 5-6) to “Seniors” (15-16 years of age).
Among the cyber security concepts covered are safer internet habits and the recognition of cyber threats, which are explored through games, activities, and craftwork. Upon completion of the lessons, the girls would then receive their badges.
“This cyber security badge program is part of Palo Alto Networks’ ongoing global efforts toward eliminating traditional barriers to technology industry access, such as gender and geography,” said Simon Green, President, Japan and Asia-Pacific, Palo Alto Networks.
“Cultivating an early interest in cyber security and technology among girls and encouraging them to pursue leadership roles in these fields is a great way of improving the access to careers in these areas.”