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HPE Targets Girl Scouts for Next-Gen White Hats

January 24, 2019 / Kacy Zurkus

A new cybersecurity curriculum targeting junior Girl Scouts aged 9-11 aims to shift the image of the young girls in green from cookie distributors to cyber defenders, according to news from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). HPE has teamed up with the Girl Scouts to launch a cybersecurity education program specifically for young girls to learn and test out their cyber savvy using a newly debuted interactive online game. The game is dubbed Cyber Squad, and the program is initially being rolled out with Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital, in counties throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. The narrative game was custom-designed specifically for the Girl Scouts pro bono by HPE’s women in cybersecurity group. Cyber Squad takes players through mock scenarios and simulates the consequences of both risky and safe online behaviors.