Islander Students Place 8th in National Cyber League Competition

Published: June 14, 2017

Islander Students Place 8th in National Cyber League Competition

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Seven Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students took part in an online competition from the National Cyber League (NCL) in April, where they placed eighth out of 149 other teams in a capture the flag style competition.

The competition was designed to develop and enhance students’ abilities in cyber technology through the use of virtual learning environments, which NCL calls “gymnasiums.” The students then use this “gym environment” to develop knowledge and skills like open source intelligence, scanning, password cracking, wireless security, web application security and network traffic analysis and then demonstrate those newly acquired skills in a competitive format.

“Taking advantage of competitions and resources like these help students grow in their cyber security abilities,” said Dr. Ajay Katangur, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Computer Science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “They also help students learn important information like the various vulnerabilities in cyber security.”

The students who participated, who are part of the cyber security program at A&M-Corpus Christi, included:

  • Josiah Anderson, junior computer science major
  • David Avila, sophomore computer science major
  • Kenneth Cantu, senior computer science major
  • Jason Clark, senior computer science major
  • Timothy Darst, junior computer science major
  • Fernando Gonzalez, sophomore computer science major
  • Raul Martinez, senior computer science major
The NCL is a non-profit organization founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills. For more information on NCL, visit