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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01446

National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Girls Competition

Submitted by: Douglas Lumsden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, October 1, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament congratulates the finalists of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Girls Competition, including pupils from St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen; understands that, on 29 September 2021, 60 finalists, from both 2020 and 2021, visited the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking; further understands that, at the event, they were given an in-depth insight into the world of technology and the careers available, heard from inspirational industry speakers, took part in a codebreaking relay challenge and received a full tour of the McLaren site; celebrates their hard work and ability to crack a series of puzzles requiring logic, networking and cryptography; welcomes the news that, since 2017, 43,000 schoolgirls have taken part in this competition, which aims to encourage more women into the technology sector; commends the National Cyber Security Centre for this initiative and for providing a range of free resources, games and activities to help young people develop cyber skills, and encourages teachers and schoolgirls to get involved in the 2022 contest, with applications opening on 18 October 2021.