With the help of the Carl D. Perkins IV federal grant, 37 students from St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity Club, TitanSec, were able to participate in the National Cyber League (NCL) 2019 spring season. The students were led by Faculty Advisor and CCIT Academic Chair, Coach Laura Malave, as well as SPC Certification Testing Coordinator, Ms. Julia Meyer.
National Cyber League
The NCL is an online high school and collegiate Capture the Flag
(CTF) competition that helps students prepare for the types of technical challenges they will face in the workforce. Challenges during the competition align with CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker industry certification competencies.
Participants were challenged with topics such as Open Source Intelligence, Scanning, Enumeration and Exploitation, Password Cracking, Traffic Analysis, Log Analysis, Wireless Security, Cryptography, and Web Application Security.
The NCL spring season consisted of three phases:
- Preseason (for bracket placement in Gold, Silver, or Bronze skill levels)
- Individual Game
- Team Game
Students who participate in the NCL receive a Scouting Report, which tracks their personal growth and can be shared with potential employers. They also receive continued access to the NCL Gymnasium, an area where students can practice and work on developing their skills through guided challenges.
TitanSec ranking in the NCL
SPC had 37 participants with 577 average points, and 58.67% average accuracy. The top three players for preseason were Steve Whitehurst, Anthony Muratori, and Trey Johnson.
SPC had 37 participants with 729 average points, and 69.75% average accuracy. The top three players were Anothny Muratori, Nathan Papanicolas, and Trey Johnson.
SPC had two teams compete during this phase of the NCL. The first team, microsoft_sucks (titansec), scored 2,370 points with a 75.47% accuracy. Team members included Nathan Turner, Thuc Nguyen, Anthony Muratori, Christopher Agresta, Nathan Papanicolas, Dawn Kimber, and Marcus Dilorenzo.
The second team, Titansec0x01, scored 1,615 points with a 55% accuracy. This team was made up by Jennifer Nicole Milfor, Ryan Everett-Qualters, Suzanne Jensen, and Christopher Vaden.
You could be next to compete in the National Cyber League!
St. Petersburg College offers a robust educational experience for those interested in cybersecurity. Our certificate and Associate of Science degree will teach you hands-on and technical skills to get you started in the cybersecurity sector, while the Bachelor of Applied Science will help you develop the IT-related management skills needed to move up in the industry. These programs will prepare you to meet the growing need for college-educated security professionals who can handle complex information technology security concerns.
Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity programs.