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MP praises girls in CyberFirst programme

Alex Chalk has praised the work of GCHQ-supervised NCSC in helping to secure a "pipeline of talent" among women to bolster national security in cyberspace.

The Cheltenham MP was speaking in questions to the Secretary of State for Defence.

Addressing the Rt Hon Ben Wallace, Alex Chalk said: "GCHQ's ability to keep our country safe in cyberspace relies on a pipeline of talent. In that spirit, will my Rt Hon friend join with me in wishing well all those girls participating in the NCSC's CyberFirst Girls Competition - the semi-final is on 8th February - and encourage them into a career in cyber security?"

The Secretary of State responded "My Hon Friend - absolutely... It is absolutely brilliant that so many girls are entering into this sphere. It is a real future career, cyber security and cyber espionage, and I want more and more women to do it. I think it's fantastic and I'm fully supportive."

Speaking after the questions, Alex Chalk said: "Cheltenham attracts such enormous technical talent, with GCHQ on our doorstep. But female talent is still not being fully harnessed. I wanted to show my support for the excellent CyberFirst Girls Competition, and wish all those participating every success."

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