Valencia Students Compete in National Cyber League’s Cybersecurity Competition

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

Kudos to the Valencia students who recently participated in the National Cyber League’s (NCL) fall 2018 NCL regular season competition. This competition is a collegiate puzzle-based, cybersecurity competition in which students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. The NCL challenges are based on the CompTIA Security+™ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ performance-based exam objectives and serve as a way for students to gain practical exposure in their industry.

Valencia’s Network Engineering Technology (NET) program has been a supporter of and participant in the NCL since its inception in 2011.

This year, 68 students, comprising of 58 current NET students and 10 alumni, competed in the fall 2018 NCL regular season game. Valencia student Michael Downing finished first among the Valencia NET students and finished 71st overall out of 4729 participants in the regular season game.

This success can, in part, be credited to Valencia’s West Campus Cybersecurity Club, which plays an active role in preparing students for competition.

The club meets weekly to conduct workshops on each of the competition categories and, as cybersecurity is everyone’s job, the club welcomes students from all different backgrounds to participate in club activities year-round, including future NCL competitions.

For more information on the cybersecurity club, click here.

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