PCC Cyber League team among best in nation

PCC’s National Cyber League team ranked 45th out of 576 participating teams in the NCL spring competition. PCC competed against two- and four-year colleges throughout the U.S.

The members of team B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bytes are Matt Aragon, Jeffrey Hoy, Alisha Montgomery, Justin Pack and Russell Venable. Their coach is Tim Gama, a faculty member in PCC’s Computer Information Systems program.

NCL participants test their abilities in nine cybersecurity categories, allowing them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses. They receive a scouting report that summarizes their performance in each task. The report can be added to a resume to demonstrate a student’s capabilities to potential employers.

The PCC team had an overall accuracy rate of 82.9%. Its highest scores were in cryptography, scanning and reconnaissance, open source intelligence and password cracking.

NCL is a virtual cybersecurity competition that allows students to get hands-on experience with real-world cybersecurity challenges. The 11-year-old organization has 13,000 student participants from 650 colleges and high schools nationwide.