Carl Hayden High School Computer Studies Students Will Compete at the National Cyber League Online Cyber Security

Posted by Communications on 4/12/2018

This spring, 16 Carl Hayden sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program will be among the first in the Phoenix Union High School District to participate in the National Cyber League online cyber security competition.

The National Cyber League (NCL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using next-generation high-fidelity simulation environments. The NCL challenges are based on the CompTIA Security+™ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ performance-based exam objectives.

Under the supervision of team sponsor and coach Michael Marmolejo, the  Hayden cyber-athletes are currently training in the NCL’s virtual gym, where they are studying content in the areas of: Open Source Intelligence, Scanning, Enumeration and Exploitation, Password Cracking, Traffic Analysis, Log Analysis, Wireless Security, Cryptography, and Web Application Security in preparation for the spring Preseason and Regular Season competition. The students are all enrolled in the Center for Computer Studies’ Networking and Operating Systems class, which recently shifted its curricular focus to Cyber Security and Cyber Defense in response to the rapidly escalating demand across the technology industry.

The competition is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity activity. The Hayden cyber-athletes will spend the next two months preparing and testing themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. The students will be able to develop and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and talent across a range of industry-recognized competencies, making them more valuable to recruiters. At the conclusion of the competition, the athletes will receive certificates of participation and personalized scouting reports that are made available to companies seeking to hire qualified personnel. Top performers in the competition also have the chance to win individual and team awards, as well as scholarships.

“Like the world-famous Falcon Robotics team before them, the Hayden cyber-athletes are competing against teams from colleges across the country. The team is eager to make their mark as it competes in this emerging e-sport that not only provides students with real-world skills that can be applied to future career and academic opportunities but also affords them the opportunity to blaze a trail in what promises to be the premier academic sport of the 21st century,”    Marmolejo said.