Top 10 Reasons Cybersecurity Students Should Play NCL

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Still on the fence about participating in the National Cyber League (NCL) Fall Season? Well the NCL has its top 10 reasons for curious cybersecurity students to play this fall and $25 registration ends September 28.

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Still on the fence about participating in the National Cyber League (NCL) Fall Season? Or nervous about competing in a Gymnasium with unknown challenges? Well the NCL has its top 10 reasons for curious students to play this fall.

1. Be a cyber analyst and a hacker in a safe environment.
2. Get access to a community of cybersecurity learners who help each other build skills.
3. Get a scouting report you can reference in internships and job interviews.
4. Compete with and against your friends.
5. Identify your cyber strengths and weaknesses.
6. Apply what you learned in class.
7. Experience the thrill of finally solving a challenge that has been stumping you.
8. Participate in multiple NCL seasons to see your growth over time.
9. Build up new skills in the Gymnasium.
10. Get a diverse sampling of different career fields within cybersecurity.

The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition in a virtual training ground for high school and college students. The Fall Season includes challenges in the NCL Stadium and exercises in the Gymnasium to develop and test participants in a wide range of skills. Some content will include log analysis, open source intelligence, web application security and cryptography, among others. No previous NCL experience is required and players of all levels can compete.

The $25 registration for NCL is available until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 28. $35 registration ends on Oct. 2. Preseason games begin Oct. 19, and the regular season starts Nov. 2. For more information, visit

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

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