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The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines

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Sylvia Acevedo, CEO at Girl Scouts of the USA, started her career at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, cybersecurity complaints to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center have quadrupled.

But cybercrime was with us long before the pandemic and it will be with us long after we finally throw away our masks. This is particularly true of cybercrime targeting women and children.

Much of the tech being developed doesn't take women's and children's needs and wants into account. Moreover, women comprise only 24 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce, in spite of making up 39 percent of the global labor force and 46 percent of the U.S. labor force.

One solution is to bring more women into cybersecurity leadership positions. In order to do that, we must start educating girls at a young age to be the cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow.

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