- Charles Sturt program aimed at encouraging women into cyber security nominated for Triple E award
- Hundreds of female high school students from across regional NSW have taken part in the program
A Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) program that encourages more women to enter cyber security professions is continuing to gain recognition.
The Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) project focuses on education for high school girls and consists of security-related workshops for students in Years 9 and 10.
The project won an award at the 2019 Cyber Security Online Women in Security Awards in September.
The project has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Community Engagement Initiative of the Year Award at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards on Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence in Higher Education.
Professor Zia said the project is another example of the Charles Sturt ethos to support and inspire communities across the University’s regional footprint.
According to Professor Zia, by increasing cyber security awareness in young girls, the project contributes to preparing a cyber-aware future generation, as well as inspiring girls for cyber careers.
“I have a passion to increase the involvement of women in cyber security and contribute to equity, diversity and inclusion,” he said.
“Being nominated for another award is validation that what we are doing is helping people, especially young women, and paving the way for more inclusive programs to be developed.”
The Triple E Awards ceremony will be held as part of the ‘International Conference on Sustainable Globalization’ from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 January 2020 in Kochi, India.