Sentek Global and USD Help 85 Girl Scouts Earn Their Cybersecurity Basics Badge

To celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Sentek Global kicked off their educational outreach program, Cyber Scouts, with the purpose of training the cyber heroes of tomorrow who will help us ensure the safety of our digital lives.

The premier event was held in partnership with the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and Center for Cybersecurity Engineering and was developed to allow 85 local Girl Scouts earn their Cybersecurity Basics Badge, one of the 18 recently launched cybersecurity badges by Girl Scouts USA and Palo Alto Networks.

We were very excited to host this event as Sentek Global strives to make an impact on our local community with our involvement in nonprofits, hiring United States military veterans, and by providing cybersecurity education to the future leaders of the world,“
– Sentek Global Director of Employee Relations, Tricia Mercer

 

The lessons and interactive activities were developed by Sentek Global cybersecurity engineers and were based on guidelines offered from Girl Scouts USA.

Eight Sentek Global employees and cybersecurity engineers led four classes at the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and Center for Cybersecurity Engineering and Technology through lessons and interactive activities that taught the girls about binary code, networks, malware, computer protocols, as well as basic computer safety tips.

It was rewarding to use our knowledge to give back to the community and help train the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow. Sentek Global teachers had the unique challenge of putting our heads together to develop lessons and activities for concepts that we work with on an everyday basis, but structured in a way that makes it fun for 9- and 10-year-olds. It was fun to see the kids learn the basic concepts of cybersecurity and to get their take on things,”
– Brandon Segura, Cybersecurity Engineer

 

I would like you to know how amazing your event was. We were very fortunate to have Stefan and Alexi in Room 4… The manner in which the material was introduced, the interactive activities and the game to reinforce what they learned at the end were all done in such a fun way that the girls learned without realizing it! This is not my area of expertise, so I learned a lot too! … I cannot thank you enough for sparking her interest!”
– Cyndee Taylor, Troop 4099

 

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