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Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats

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Girls in MasterCards Girls4Tech program learning about science and technology.

Mastercard's Girls4Tech program aims to put more women in the high-tech workplace by inspiring young girls to build their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Mastercard's five-year-old Girls4Tech program aims to inspire middle school girls worldwide to pursue careers in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI), with the goal of recruiting 1 million girls by 2025.

Girls4Tech sends employees to schools around the world to serve as role models and mentors for students.

The program taps the company's expertise in payments technology and innovation, and focuses on areas like encryption, fraud detection, data analysis, and digital convergence.

Surveys after each workshop typically find nearly all participating girls learn something new about science, technology, engineering, and math, with 88% expressing interest in learning more about fraud detection and cryptology.

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