Valencia Ranked No. 12 in U.S. by Cyber Power Rankings

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

Valencia College has been named No. 12 in the country among colleges and universities, No. 6 in the eastern region and No. 7 in the National Centers of Academic Excellence Cyber Power Rankings — a testament to the skills of our students, who competed against students in bachelor’s and master’s programs, to perform real-world cybersecurity tasks.

Cyber Power Rankings were created by Cyber Skyline — a cloud platform created to practice, develop and measure technical cybersecurity skills — in partnership with the National Cyber League (NCL).

Every year, more than 10,000 students from more than 300 colleges and universities across the United States participate in the NCL competitions. These rankings represent the ability of students from these schools to perform real-world cybersecurity tasks on the Cyber Skyline platform. Students had to identify hackers from forensic data, pentest and audit vulnerable websites, and recover from ransomware attacks. Schools are ranked based on their top team performance, their top student’s individual performance and the aggregate individual performance of their students.

Valencia College has nearly 70 students compete in each of the bi-yearly competitions.

“I’d would like to give kudos to the West Campus Cybersecurity club, because they make it a mission to promote and get our students involve in this event,” shared Jessica Chisholm, professor, network engineering, club advisor and academic coach for all cyber-related competitions since 2012.

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