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GCHQ looks for next-gen Jane Bonds as it plans to recruit social media savvy teenage girls

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GCHQ is reportedly looking to recruit social media and tech savvy teenage girls as the next-generation Jane Bonds.

In an effort to recruit more female spies, the agency is set to launch a nationwide CyberFirst competition in February, targeted at schoolgirls aged 13 to 15, according to reports.

The competition is part of the UK's £1.9bn cybersecurity strategy - launched in November 2016 - that hopes to attract the "the brightest and best candidates to protect the nation from future cyberattacks."

The competition will be remotely accessible to schools across the nation.

"The CyberFirst Girls Competition allows teams of young women a glimpse of this exciting world and provides a great opportunity to use new skills," GCHQ director Robert Hannigan told The Telegraph.

"I work alongside some truly brilliant women who help protect the UK from all manner of online threats.

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