Develop Usable Skills from the National Cyber League to Land the Job

September 21, 2016

A high demand for cybersecurity professionals seems like an easy win for job seekers, but being able to competently perform job tasks is another story. By playing in the National Cyber League (NCL), participants can define their skills and confidently know what they are capable of doing.

The NCL breeds future cybersecurity professional talent through preparatory lab exercises and challenges that deal with real problems and resource constraints. This type of hands-on experience provides the most realistic approach to understanding content and allows students to easily use that knowledge in the working world. Just getting through a job application process alone may require applicants to convey their expertise, and NCL prepares students for that.

A study conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies reported that there is a significant shortage of people with quantifiable cybersecurity skills, which is hurting the public and private interests of businesses around the world. The NCL gets participants into the nitty gritty of what to expect in the working environment while providing feedback. During the games, NCL Scouting Reports are generated that rate an individual’s performance and how he/she compares to others. After competing, a person is well aware of their abilities and skill set.

Registration for NCL closes October 3, visit

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