Girls Learn Cyber LLC
Empowering Girls to be Leaders and Scholars in Cybersecurity
At Girls Learn Cyber LLC, we empower young women by coaching them in completing cybersecurity projects via one-on-one or small-group sessions. We take on projects in areas such as ethical hacking, penetration testing, and open source intelligence (OSINT). We make our learning experiences engaging and fun all while using real-world data and real-world cybersecurity tools.
Success for Women in Cybersecurity
Our sessions are run by Dr. Thomas Heverin, an award-winning cybersecurity teaching professor, who has taught and mentored students in all-girls settings for years.
Thanks to Dr. Heverin’s cybersecurity coaching, multiple girls have:
-Received a letter of appreciation from a university’s chief information security officer (CISO) and earned a spot on the university’s “Successful Bounty Hunters” list for their ethical hacking work.
-Ethically hacked into devices such as printers, electronic key boxes, network attached storage devices, building automation systems, and more!
-Authored a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) entry on the National Vulnerability Database: CVE-2022-45766.
-Led cybersecurity workshops for TechGirlz.
Come join the fun and see which cybersecurity projects and tools excite you! Reach out on the contact page so we can chat and to schedule specific days/times. We welcome students who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming and want to learn an an all girls environment.
“ When actions meet words…..there is real hope to bend the gender equity curve. Thomas Heverin is nurturing the intellectual curiosity, skills and most importantly self-confidence of a cohort of middle school girls.
I could not be more proud of my 13 year old daughter, a bounty hunter. She is learning skills way above her grade level”
Mother of a Baldwin School (an All Girls School) Student
"Dr. Heverin is one of my professors, the Director of SFS CyberCorps, (the scholarship program I am a part of), and my mentor. He has been a huge part in making my college experience memorable and inspirational. Not only has me taught me about cybersecurity, digital forensics, and ethical hacking but he has given me to the tools to teach myself and teach others. Dr. Heverin is passionate about teaching and continuous learning especially when it comes to cybersecurity. He is friendly, dedicated, and attentive towards all students."
Katie Miller, Drexel University ('22) Woman CyberCorps Student
"Dr. Heverin and Girls Learn Cyber have inspired my students to begin their journey into cyber security and go further than I could have ever taken them. After multiple in-person and virtual visits, students were so invested in learning more that they would come in and tell me about studying outside of class and how they wanted to go further and learn more. After working with Dr. Heverin for over three years, it has propelled our computer science curriculum and offerings to have a large focus on cyber security moving forward. Dr. Heverin has not only inspired my students to learn more about this field but myself as well. I look forward to collaborating with Girls Learn Cyber for years to come!"
Addison Lilholt, DREAM Lab Coordinator and Computer Science & Engineering Chair, the Baldwin School (An All-Girls College Prep School)
"After becoming a recipient for the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) at Drexel University, I never thought I would be working closely with someone that strongly advocates for women so profoundly. As a mentor, Dr. Heverin has dedicated his time to help me prepare for co-op interviews, resume building, LinkedIn building, and by creating a space to share how I’m feeling as an equal. As a Cybersecurity Student Researcher, I always feel a sense of confidence after our meetings since the knowledge he shares is so incredibly valuable. I learned hands on how to use tools and resources such as: Wireshark, Shodan, Nmap, the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), CAPEC, CWE etc which are useful tools to know as a Cybersecurity professional. I am forever grateful for having met Dr. Heverin since he has made a huge impact in my life."