San Jose Mercury News
- Participants work on a poster during a team-building exercise as about 50 middle school girls from across Silicon Valley show off their cybersecurity skills at the first ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley Summit on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at San Jose State University, in San Jose, Calif. The 7th and 8th grade girls learned cryptography, networking, forensics, web exploitation and basic programming skills in their afterschool programs. (Patrick Tehan)
SAN JOSE -- Hacking is big these days. So is cyberwarfare.
What's not big is the percentage of women working in the field of cybersecurity.
Try 10 percent, says Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, organizer of Saturday's first-ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley summit.
The event at San Jose State was a chance for 50 South Bay middle school girls to show off what they've learned the past few months from a program designed to train and inspire them to eventually make a living nabbing cyberthieves.
"The field of cybersecurity is expected to grow tenfold over the next 10 years," said Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, director of San Jose State's Jay Pinson STEM Education Program, as teams from various schools set up their exhibits and prepared for the summit. "I want that workforce to reflect the diversity of this area, which means 50 percent men and 50 percent women. Right now, it's mostly men and mostly Caucasian." .... Read More at www.mercurynews.com