National Cyber League Prepares Cybercrime Fighters

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Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures refers to the shortage of nearly one million cybersecurity employees as a "cybercrime epidemic," which will reach costs of $6 trillion by 2021. Seeing that predicament, the National Cyber League (NCL) works to help fight cybercrime by preparing students for the workforce.

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Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures refers to the shortage of nearly one million cybersecurity employees as a "cybercrime epidemic," which will reach costs of $6 trillion by 2021. Seeing that predicament, the National Cyber League (NCL) works to help fight cybercrime by preparing students for the workforce.

NCL is on the forefront of educating students to stop the cyber attacks that happen with regularity. More companies are understanding the importance of hiring properly trained cybersecurity employees or trying to train them in more engaging ways. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also created a program highlighting the power of game-based training to educate students-the DHS National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies. Like regular sporting events, a number of competitions are held throughout the year to properly train this niche group.

NCL provides continuous, year-round virtual training for participants to develop, practice and then validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills. This high-fidelity simulation environment allows students to get the feel of real-life cyber attacks and work through them. Unlike performing on the job, these students receive feedback and see how they compare to industry standards. The game atmosphere only heightens the excitement.

Interested? Registration for the NCL Spring Season runs through March 25. For more information or to register, visit http://www.nationalcyberleague.org.

About National Cyber League
The National Cyber League (NCL) provides a cybersecurity training ground in a high-fidelity simulation environment that requires participants to work individually in the Regular Season and in teams during the Postseason events. The NCL events are designed for participants to solve real problems with actual deadlines under time, technical and resource constraints. The NCL assists higher education institutions across the country in student preparation for its events and for professional certifications. Companies seeking qualified talent can access the NCL's Scouting Reports to evaluate potential cybersecurity professionals who have demonstrated skills in the NCL events. The NCL is where cybersecurity is a passion for students, faculty and the workforce. To learn more, visit nationalcyberleague.org.

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