NCL Registration is Open: Gear Up for Cybersecurity Excellence

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With the recent massive data breaches, such as UPS, Jewel/Osco and Target, the need to educate students to become cybersecurity specialists is greater than ever. The National Cyber League's registration is now open and provides an ongoing virtual training ground for students to develop and validate cybersecurity skills using content aligned with individual/team games and professional certifications.

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My students love the competition as it is a complex environment for them to apply the individual concepts they learn in class.

With the recent massive data breaches, such as Home Depot, UPS, Jewel/Osco and Target, the need to educate students to become cybersecurity specialists is greater than ever. The National Cyber League (NCL) is a great resource for students and faculty. It provides an ongoing virtual training ground for students to develop and validate cybersecurity skills using content aligned with individual/team games and professional certifications. Registration is now open; let the games begin.

Faculty can now sign up, and there is no cost to participate and integrate the NCL program into the classroom. NCL participation includes preparation for the Certified Ethical Hacker and Security+ certification exams, hosted lab exercises, game play, instructor syllabi and video tutorials. The instructor syllabi include a suggested course progression from NCL preparatory lab exercises to certifications. It’s a performance-based curriculum.

“My students love the competition as it is a complex environment for them to apply the individual concepts they learn in class,” states Ross Bagurdes, faculty at Madison College. “Often in class, we cover only details of one topic at a time. In the NCL setting, students must apply multiple concepts at the same time to succeed. For the students to have exposure to a lab that pushes them to make connections between new concepts is fantastic!”

The NCL program is not only designed to benefit students but also constructed to help faculty. Here’s a list of just a few of the benefits:

  •     Faculty support their student’s education in a game-like environment
  •     Faculty have access to programs that supports the curricula in the classroom
  •     The program assists faculty in validating their student’s cybersecurity savvy
  •     Assists faculty with an engaging addition to instruction
  •     Gives faculty a curriculum that is aligned with EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker and CompTIA’s Security+ certification exams
  •     Provides faculty with a clear pathway for instruction in two-and-four year colleges and universities

"The NCL has worked hard over the past 3 years to differentiate itself from the myriad cybersecurity competitions that exist by aligning customized content available in virtual learning environments (AKA Cyber Gymnasiums) to industry-defined competencies and skills,” states Casey O’Brien, NCL Co-Founder and Commissioner, “This model allows the NCL to create customized Scouting Reports of performance in games optimized for both individuals and teams. In addition, this model can be applied to any organization in any vertical."

Sign up today at http://www.nationalcyberleague.org/registration and let the games begin. The NCL supports batch registration and has easy payment options for multiple students.

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