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The National Cyber League (NCL) is opening its defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition to high school students. Registration begins Feb. 26.

By opening registration to this population, NCL aims to drive more students into STEM education and careers. The NCL virtual training ground will help them prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges they are learning in the classroom.

Through the engaging platform of the competition, players will have simulated experiences such as being a cybersecurity analyst at a police station when hackers infiltrate the city’s networks. In that situation, players can prove their talent by performing tasks to track down the hackers. Some of those tasks could include grabbing metadata from an image to track where the hackers have been or analyzing forensic log files to identify who infiltrated data from the police station’s network.

“NCL is the leading collegiate educational cybersecurity competition today. We are excited about expanding the competition and learning experience to high schools across the country,” states Dr. Dan Manson, NCL commissioner. “High school students can now match their hands-on cybersecurity skills against 2-year and 4-year students and schools, providing a pathway to collegiate cybersecurity programs.”

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