National Cyber League to Host Capture the Flag at Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Conference

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The National Cyber League (NCL) earned the distinction of hosting the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition at the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) conference, March 28 to 30, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The National Cyber League (NCL) earned the distinction of hosting the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition at the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) conference, March 28 to 30, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WiCyS brings together female students and professionals to share information, experiences and knowledge while networking, learning and mentoring one another. NCL puts students in virtual gyms to tackle problems and challenges that they would likely encounter in a job. They are trained, assessed and given reports based on their skill level in order to improve. Anyone who is registered for the conference has exclusive early access to the NCL Spring Season Training Gymnasium, which helps prepare and train those pursuing a career in cybersecurity.

Once at the conference, all attendees will have a code to enter the CTF that runs the entirety of the event. Challenges will be tailored to the WiCyS community in an effort to familiarize competitors with the opportunities offered by WiCyS. Students, educators and recruiters also will learn about the many benefits of becoming involved with NCL. The top 25 student scores will be reflected on a leaderboard, and three students will receive prizes (such as a 2020 WiCyS conference scholarship, 2019 NCL Spring Season registration codes, NCL swag and more) at the closing ceremonies.

“We are excited to partner with NCL and are especially thrilled about all the work they have done to ensure cybersecurity women role models are highlighted in all their activities,” said Dr. Janell Straach, WiCyS chairman of the board.

The CTF will give students the opportunity to deal with real-world scenarios, which more accurately gives them a taste of the working world and helps them master complicated skills. That is NCL’s entire focus and goal.

"For me, the partnership between NCL and WiCyS is priceless. These two organizations really helped shape my career when I was a student. Now I can share my passion for the NCL games as one of the most effective learning tools that helped me find my voice,” said Kaitlyn “CryptoKait” Bestenheider, NCL chief player ambassador. “If we can help one female student gain confidence in herself, I think the partnership will have been a success. That being said, I think anyone who tries it will have an amazing time. If you get stuck, you can always come train with me at the NCL Social CTF Village."

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.

About Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is the premier organization with national reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for knowledge sharing, experience, networking and mentoring. Established in 2013 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj from Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, WiCyS is a nonprofit organization offering many membership, sponsorship and collaboration benefits. The organization’s founding partners are Cisco, Facebook and Palo Alto Networks. WiCyS’ strategic partners include Facebook, Fidelity Investments, IBM, Lockheed Martin, SANS Institute, the Security Industry Association, PayPal and Target. The WiCyS Conference is an excellent opportunity for companies to connect with women candidates to recruit them into cybersecurity jobs. To learn more, visit wicys.org.

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