Local Girl Scouts to Earn Cybersecurity Badges at University of San Diego through Sentek Global’s Expertise

Cybersecurity is one of the newest ways for Girl Scouts to earn badges and learn about career and other opportunities in technology.

On Saturday, October 27, 100 local junior scouts will take part in a fun and interactive cybersecurity training during “Cyber Scouts,” an event hosted by the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and Center for CyberSecurity Engineering and Technology, along with Sentek Global. The program takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in USD's Loma Hall. 

Activities include puzzles to learn binary code and how computers read information, along with exercises to understand basic cybersecurity principles including passwords and malicious software (malware).

Girl Scouts gives girls opportunities to take the lead in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment. Resources include Girl Scouts of the USA’s lineup of 30 new badges addressing some of society’s most pressing needs—including cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, and space exploration.

Today, the majority of college graduates (57%) and master's level graduates (60%) are women, and nearly one-half of our country's workforce are women. Despite this progress, female representation still remains extremely low in STEM fields. Girl Scouts San Diego is on a mission to fill the STEM workforce pipeline by providing even more girls with leadership and learning opportunities. 

Girl Scouts San Diego is dedicated to engineering tomorrow’s leaders—and recently pledged to provide 10,000 local Girl Scouts per year with one-of-a-kind STEM career exploration experiences by 2020.

 “One-third of our graduates are women, nearly double the national average, so we are very pleased to host this event and encourage even more young women to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers,” said USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Dean Chell Roberts.

"Cybersecurity skills are increasingly more important to the safety and security of our infrastructure, businesses, and personal data. Our goal with Cyber Scouts is to train the next generation of cyber leaders and instill in them important cybersecurity lessons through an educational and fun experience,” said Sentek Global’s Director of HQ Operations & Employee Relations, Tricia Mercer.

Local Junior-level Girl Scouts are asked to register for the free event by Sunday, October 21 at sentekglobal.com/cyberscouts.


About Sentek Global

For nearly two decades, Sentek Global has provided mission-critical, highly technical expertise to support government and commercial partners. Our Department of Defense certification training and IT project management, military command and control systems engineering, and commercial networking security systems ensure the fidelity of systems for those that work for those whose work we all depend on. And we approach all we do with surgical precision, steely-eyed determination and a collaborative spirit. To learn more, visit sentekGlobal.com.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Liz Harman
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