Girl Scouts fight cybercrime with new cybersecurity badge
If you think being a Girl Scout is all camping, crafting, and cooking, think again.
For the first time, millions of Girl Scouts nationwide are taking on hacking and cybercrime as they work towards earning newly introduced cybersecurity badges.
Girl Scouts of the USA teamed up with security company Palo Alto Networks to devise a curriculum that educates young girls about the basics of computer networks, cyber attacks, and online safety.
Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of GSUSA, said they created the program based on demand from the girls themselves.
"Protecting their identity online, how to protect themselves when they're browsing, how to protect their computers, their family networks from being hacked, those are things that are of real interest to girls," Acevedo said in an interview with NBC News.