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Girl Scouts earn cybersecurity badges through TU workshops

Girl Scouts Cybersecurity Badge

The University of Tulsa welcomed members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to campus this fall for cyber workshops that give girls and young women the opportunity to earn badges and explore career options.

The workshops, held twice during the semester, started with coding in the morning for Daises, Brownies and Junior scouts and then switched to higher level instruction in the afternoon for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador scouts. Previous sessions have included information on malware, specifically viruses, worms and Trojans. On Oct. 22, the older Girl Scouts learned about passwords, steganography, hacking and encryption through hands-on exercises.

This year’s workshops are sponsored by university groups, including iTU and Women in Cybersecurity. TU-Team8 Cyber Fellow Samantha Phillips, who earned her bachelor’s degree from TU in computer information systems and is now a doctoral student, helped lead the organization of the workshops.