San Jose Mercury News
Facebook teams up with SJSU to get more women in cybersecurity
From right, Cyber Camp instructor Leslie Walczak helps Natalie Valencia, 10, and Areli Melchor,11, both of Daniel Lairon Middle school, with a question during the CyberPatriot competition at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. on Friday, July 10, 2015. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group). PHOTOS: Cyber Camp for Middle School Girls at Facebook
MENLO PARK -- Fifth-grader Natalie Valencia thought that cybersecurity was a career path boys followed, not girls, but a weeklong summer camp at Facebook changed her mind.
"Mostly boys do fixing," said Natalie, a student at Lairon College Preparatory Academy in San Jose. "Now I thought about it, and I know it's for girls, too."
The 10-year-old was among more than 30 female middle school students who were learning about cyberethics, Internet security tips, malware and more at the social media giant's headquarters this week.
In a joint effort with San Jose State University and several nonprofits, Facebook is trying to get more women interested in the field by exposing students to computer science at a young age...