Eight top-notch students from the School of Business & Technology volunteered to participate in the National Cyber League (NCL)’s fall season and against fierce nationwide opposition, achieved a remarkable top 30 percent placing.
NCL competitions put aspiring cybersecurity professionals in real-life situations where they must employ their knowledge to succeed. Participants work on exercises in the virtual NCL Stadium, learn their strengths and weaknesses, and receive a coveted NCL Scouting Report. They not only demonstrate their talent across a range of industry-recognized competencies, but also pick up new skills.
The team, chaired by Denise Pheils, faculty program director for cybersecurity and Amelia Estwick , program manager at Excelsior’s National Cybersecurity Institute, met weekly during the NCL fall season to train and compete in NCL’s bracketed games. This year, the team placed 49th/182 overall (top 30 percent) and 26th/66 in the silver bracket.
“The team really came together and showed a formidable mastery of their skills and the value of the industry recognized competencies that are infused into our cyber security programs at all levels,” says Pheils. Estwick added, “The competition was particularly tough this year, but it is all credit to our Excelsior team that they had the necessary skills to come out on top. We are very proud of them.”
Members of the team included Weylin Leavitt, Branden Wagner, Damien Smith, Michael Jones, Steven Barker, Bawan Karn, Omar Rosa, and Thomas Baker.
For more information about NCL, visit its website at https://www.nationalcyberleague.org/. You may also contact Denise Pheils at email@example.com or Amelia Estwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.