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Girl Scouts host cybersecurity event

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors attended a cybersecurity event just for Girl Scouts at Norfolk State University on Oct. 27.

The event, led by NSU students and faculty, allowed the girls to learn the importance of cybersecurity, try their hand at steganography — encrypting a message within another file — and cyber forensics.

From learning how to hide a message within an image on the computer to recovering deleted files from a flash drive, Girl Scouts were able to gain hands-on experience in the field of technology during the event. Girl Scout alum and NSU student Itiana Lamarre, feels showing girls they can have a career in science, technology, engineering or math (known as STEM) is important.

“We don’t see a lot of girls in the industry. For them to know that other females are doing it and they aren’t alone, that’s helpful in and of itself,” she said. Lamarre, one of several NSU students who led the steganography workshop on Saturday, currently serves as the president of NSU’s Association for Computer Machinery.

STEM is an essential part of the Girl Scout leadership experience. It represents one of the four pillars the organization is centered on.

For more information on upcoming Girl Scout events, visit www.gsccc.org or call 547-4405.