Although many girls think of it as a field for men only, Facebook is working to get more women in cybersecurity.
A weeklong summer camp at Facebook changed the minds of young female students. “Mostly boys do fixing,” said Natalie Valencia, a fifth grade student at Lairon College Preparatory Academy in San Jose. “Now I thought about it, and I know it’s for girls, too.”
More than 3o middle school girls learned about cyberethics, internet security, malware, and much more at the Facebook headquarters. The summer camp program is a joint effort with several nonprofits and San Jose State University.
According to the National Science Foundation, only one of every ten employed scientists and engineers are minority women.
“There’s not a lot of diverse candidates in the field, so that’s why we’re investing in the kind of longer-term efforts like this,” said Michael McGrew, a Facebook ecurity engineer who runs the company’s security education program.