National Cyber League Simplifies the Cybersecurity Hiring Process with NCL Scouting Reports

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The National Cyber League (NCL) recognizes the high demand for cybersecurity talent and has a performance-based assessment—NCL Scouting Report—to help efficiently find qualified employees.

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Every business, government and individual is susceptible to a cyber attack. The threat of hackers continues to grow exponentially every day. To combat this danger, companies are continuously seeking top cybersecurity talent to protect personal and sensitive information. The National Cyber League (NCL) recognizes this high demand for talent and has a performance-based assessment—NCL Scouting Report—to help efficiently find qualified employees.

According to Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study, data breaches by malicious insiders and malicious code can take 50 or more days to fix and up to $145,000 to resolve. Cyber attacks not only result in lost information, but damage to a company’s reputation, and equipment damage. Companies need to protect themselves, but with the global shortage of qualified cybersecurity workforce, it is not an easy task. That makes NCL Scouting Reports an invaluable resource for identifying top cybersecurity talent.

Scouting Reports were developed to transform the “old-school” ways of hiring cybersecurity professionals based solely on a résumé. When participants compete in NCL games, their performance, strengths, and weaknesses are measured and detailed in the Reports. The Scouting Reports measure player’s performance against a range of industry-backed competencies, such as log analysis, scanning, traffic analysis, web application security, wireless security, and open source intelligence gathering.

The Reports also compare participants, which saves companies time and money by showing them the most talented potential employees in a clear format. To meet their specified needs, businesses can customize reports to zero in on specific skills, demographics and geography.
A sample Scouting Report is available here, http://www.nationalcyberleague.org/scouting-reports. For information on the Scouting Reports, which are available for purchase, or more about NCL, visit http://www.nationalcyberleague.org or email info(at)nationalcyberleague(dot)org.

About National Cyber League:
The National Cyber League (NCL) provides a cybersecurity training ground in a high-fidelity, game-like environment that requires participants to work individually in the Regular Season and in teams during the Postseason games. The competition is 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 the competitions and 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 game play. The NCL is where cybersecurity is a passion for students, faculty and the workforce. To learn more, visit nationalcyberleague.org.

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