Are you into IT? We’re holding cyber security workshops – especially for high school girls in NSW

Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) project

We’ve all heard about cyber threats. Hacking. Phishing. Scams. Identity theft. The crimes of the future are all happening online. And they affect us all.

So how do we go about stopping these threats? Well, that’s where cyber security comes in. Cyber security involves protecting computer systems from theft or from hardware damage.

But did you know that cyber security skills are in high demand, yet in short supply? By 2021, there will be 3.5 million cyber security jobs available globally. Not a bad industry to aim for when you’re thinking about your future, right?

And on top of that, only 11 per cent of the cyber security workforce around the world is made up of women.

So, it’s time to make a change.

At Charles Sturt University (CSU), we want to make sure that girls interested in information technology (IT) in regional Australia are given the chance to be a part of this exciting growth industry. That’s why we’ve created the Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) project.

What does the GiCSA project involve?

The GiCSA project is a three-day workshop hosted by CSU on all six of our regional campuses. You’ll learn about cyber security generally, as well as cyber threats, internet security, ethical hacking, digital forensics and cyber defence. The project is open to Years 9 and 10 girls in regional New South Wales that have an interest in cyber security.

Aside from building up your cyber security skills in the workshops, there’s also an opportunity to participate in an online cyber security challenge in teams of four. To help you complete the challenge, you’ll be mentored and trained by leading academics and experts.

Want to know the best bit? If you’re a stand-out performer, you’ll be rewarded!

The four best performing teams will be selected to come to the Wagga Wagga campus for a further three-day Leadership and Entrepreneurship workshop in March 2019. This additional workshop will provide an opportunity to learn what it’s like to develop a cyber security start-up and interact with some super-successful women in cyber security. We’ll even cover the costs to get you there!

The best performing team will also be awarded complimentary attendance to the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference 2020. This conference will be held in one of the major cities, likely to be Sydney or Melbourne.

What do I need to bring along?

Participating in the project is 100 per cent free – and you’ll receive a certificate of participation once you’ve completed the workshop.

You’ll also be provided with a laptop for the workshop that’s pre-loaded with all the tools and software you’ll need.

Don’t have an IT background? That’s fine with us! You don’t need any prior knowledge of IT to participate. Our aim is to connect with high school girls that may have an interest in computers and cyber security and help you build the skills needed to kickstart your career in the industry.

When and where will it happen?

As we mentioned, the initial workshops will be held on all six of CSU’s major campuses.

Albury-Wodonga
Workshop 1: 19–21 March 2019

Bathurst
Workshop 1: 11–13 June 2019
Workshop 2: 18–20 June 2019
Workshop 3: 25–27 June 2019

Dubbo
Workshop 1: 2–4 April 2019

Orange
Workshop 1: 9–11 April 2019

Port-Macquarie
Workshop 1: 23–25 July 2019

Wagga Wagga
Workshop 1: 20–22 November 2018
Workshop 2: 5–7 March 2019
Workshop 3: 26–28 March 2019

Ready to get involved?

Unlock your potential and join the GiCSA Project by registering your interest online. We’ll be in touch to confirm your spot.