May 2, 2022

NDSU students shine at national cybersecurity competition


NDSU students took top spots in the spring 2022 National Cyber League individual competition. Eight students placed in the top 10% of more than 3,000 participants and two ranked in the top “Diamond-1” medal category.

An additional 11 students received diamond-level metals, 16 received platinum medals, 10 received gold medals, three received silver medals and four received bronze medals. Overall, 56 NDSU students participated in the competition.

National Cyber League provides students an exciting competition environment to learn and demonstrate their cybersecurity skills. The competition challenges students in 10 areas: open source intelligence; cryptography; cracking passwords; analyzing logs; analyzing network traffic; wireless access; forensics, scanning; exploiting web applications; and enumeration/exploitation.

Students earn points and are ranked in each category. Participants perform tasks as part of the competition’s challenges that correspond to tasks performed in real world cybersecurity industry jobs.

“The competition showcases students’ technical and problem-solving skills,” said Jeremy Straub, NDSU Cybersecurity Institute director and assistant professor of computer science. “NDSU students can show employers throughout the country that they are well prepared for real cybersecurity jobs using objective measures.”

The current semester’s level of participation surpassed NDSU’s previous record and places NDSU among the largest participating institutions nationwide.

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