Cybersecurity students participate in regional and national competitions and attend professional conferences as part of their coursework in the Cybersecurity program, opening up opportunities for networking with future employers, finding internship opportunities, and learning about the field from cyber professionals.
The National Cyber League (NCL) is a national event organized by several prominent organizations, including the National CyberWatch Center. During this offensive/attack competition, our Cybersecurity students compete first as individuals where their ranking is scored against their peers both regionally and nationally. Later in the competition, the students come together as a team to represent their college against other registered higher education teams. Students in the program ranked favorably, with one student finishing 54th out of 850+ participants nationwide, and Team Montreat finishing 13th in the Silver category among more than 100 teams overall.
Montreat College’s Cybersecurity students compete in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC). SECCDC is held annually at Kennesaw State University. Unlike NCL, SECCDC is defensive/protect in its approach. Twenty-four to 30 teams in the southeast region first compete in the Virtual Prelim Qualification competitions, and the top eight teams are then invited to the regional SECCDC. Team Montreat finished 6th overall in the regional SECCDC. The winner of the SECCDC competition then goes on to the national CCDC competition held in San Antonio, Texas.
Cybersecurity students participate in DerbyCon, a premier regional cybersecurity conference held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. This widely anticipated event provides leading cybersecurity practitioners a platform to share the latest techniques (both offensive and defensive) with the intended goal of improving the security posture of organizations. Though not part of DerbyCon, students participate in CrossCon (an informal Sunday fellowship/worship event) and network with liked-minded Christian cybersecurity practitioners in the field.
The Sirius Madness Conference, open to all Cybersecurity students, is held annually in Charlotte, North Carolina, and offers a platform to learn from security vendors such as Dell SecureWorks, Cisco, Carbon Black, Palo Alto Networks, and others. This is also a great opportunity for students to network with these vendors for internship and career opportunities.