National Cyber League Open to High School Students

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High school students can test their hand at college-level cybersecurity challenges and develop their skills through the National Cyber League (NCL). Registration is now open.

NCL was designed with college students in mind, but there are plenty of high school students who are up for the NCL challenge.

High school students can test their hand at college-level challenges and develop their skills through the National Cyber League (NCL).

The NCL exposes students to a virtual competition that includes Capture the Flag-like, puzzle-based, offensive and defensive challenges. From beginners to experienced players, participants will encounter training that simulates real-world scenarios and includes content such as Cryptography, Scanning, Password Cracking and Web Application Security.

This year, high school students are encouraged to participate. They will benefit by getting a jump start on improving their cybersecurity skills and having an opportunity to compete against students at the collegiate level, further elevating their learning. Not only do students enhance their skills, but they also receive Scouting Reports that demonstrate how they’ve grown and where to improve. This information can be added to resumes as well, which employers look for.

“There are some reasons why I push my students to participate in NCL. First, it helps them understand some of the other aspects of cybersecurity that CyberPatriot doesn't cover, helps with some of the CyberPatriot forensics questions, requires critical thinking and has a team aspect,” said Allen Stubblefied, cyber defense teacher and coach at Troy High School. “NCL was designed with college students in mind, but there are plenty of high school students who are up for the NCL challenge. It is great to see high school students trying challenges designed for the next level and helps boost their confidence. Plus, it can be done at home and fosters learning cybersecurity outside of school.”

The Spring Season includes individual and team competitions with the chance to be ranked among their peers. Registration ($35) is now open. To register, visit http://www.nationalcyberleague.org/spring-season.

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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