Be prepared: In cyber matters, the Girl Scouts follow their motto

In keeping with its motto “Be Prepared,”  the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) last summer launched its new cybersecurity badge series for scouts to earn. The badge introduces girls to age-appropriate online safety and privacy principles, information on how the Internet works, and how to spot and investigate cyber crime.

Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA chief executive officer, said:

“At Girl Scouts of the USA, we recognize that in our increasingly tech-driven world, future generations must possess the skills to navigate the complexities and inherent challenges of the cyber realm. From arming our older girls with the tools to address this reality to helping younger girls protect their identities via internet safety, the launch of our national cybersecurity badge initiative represents our advocacy of cyber preparedness.”

The Girl Scouts of Orange County’s recent hack in November 2018 should impress upon the GSUSA the importance of cybersecurity.

To earn the badge, younger girls in the Daisy program learn about protecting things. Brownies learn about layers of security, while Juniors learn how networks work. 

The new badge encouraging girls to learn at an early age about protecting their networks is a step in the right direction. It is important that young people learn lifelong skills at an early age.

Be prepared

It is great that the GSUSA is taking cybersecurity seriously. To help others be prepared, IT Governance USA is hosting “Cybersecurity and the law: How cybersecurity and IT compliance apply to legal practice” on Thursday, February 7, 2019, 1:00 2:00 p.m. EST. 

The webinar will cover:

  • Where to start with cybersecurity compliance
  • Cybersecurity required under HIPAA
  • Practical advice on improving overall information security in line with new regulations
  • The model rules for professional conduct when it comes to compliance
  • Incident response
  • Analyzing and evaluating information security risks
  • How ISO 27001 can tackle security risks
  • How the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can tackle cybersecurity risks

Register here.