Students from community colleges, technical colleges, and universities can join the NCyTE Virtual Cyber Career Challenge!
The challenge is project based and designed to build technical and soft skills. Students will work virtually over ten weeks in small teams to configure, operate, protect, and defend a network of machines.
By completing the project, students will have demonstrated how they were able to plan, problem solve, work in teams, communicate effectively, write reports, and present findings. It is intended to be a real-world workforce experience students can put on their resume to gain future employment.
Students need to complete the following requirements by March 2.
- An introduction to networking course
- An introduction to cybersecurity course
- Turned in a Cybersecurity Challenge Commitment Agreement (distributed at the information session)
- Attended a one hour information session (pick one):
Cyber Career Challenge Schedule
- March 2 – Commitment Agreement due
- April 10 – Workshop begins: Introduction to program work roles
- April 17 – Introduction to the network requirements and team selection
- April 24 – Network admin basics, Kanban, Gantt charts, Visio diagrams
- May 1 to June 5 – Teams work independently and receive guidance on network management and pentest prep
- June 12 – Pentest
- June 15 – Team presentations
- September 15 (Optional) Virtual Career Fair
Students will work in teams of three to successfully complete the following:
- Develop a project plan for an Information System that supports a fictitious business.
- Utilize project management tools for communication and project implementation.
- Operate a network of nine devices within the technical requirements specified.
- Defend their network against a penetration test.
- Analyze the network for any evidence of attacks or compromise resulting from penetration testing.
- Present their approach to operating the network and findings from the penetration test.
College credit – Students who are interested in earning internship or co-operative education credits by completing the CCC need to inquire with their institution. The CCC does not offer college credit. The CCC instructor, however, holds a similar role as an employer would in an internship. Students need to contact their program advisor at their institution to find out if the CCC will qualify and the process for earning credits.
Visit the NCyTE (National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center) website.