With the NCL Team Game on the way, it's time to think about team structure! Hush1e shares SNHU's method for creating an effective team that includes all player levels. Be sure to also browse the blog category, NCL Collaboration Tips for additional ideas and strategies!
NCL veterans, we see you pushing for top 100 (and higher!) on the leaderboard. Out of thousands of players and hundreds of teams, someone has to be number 1—and it could be you! Paul breaks down the criteria for ranking and shares pro tips for keeping your accuracy while scoring all the points, even as a team. You'll never look at caffeine the same way again!
Aaron James has a story he likes to tell people about the more intimidating challenge categories in NCL, sprinkled with tools and tips for success in Enumeration and Exploitation. Spoiler Alert: The hardest part isn't the difficulty of the challenges!
Don't simply ignore that difficult teammate! Use your NCL team experience to learn and practice valuable communication skills. Wolfshirtz, WebWitch, and Bill & Ted will show you how!
Budding teacher, Aaron James, shares his secrets for starting a cybersecurity organization on a campus where one doesn't exist, and using the NCL Games to foster a new generation of cyber enthusiasts.
Jacob "gond0r" Corley
Nothing in the CTF realm advanced Jacob Corley's critical thinking and problem solving skills more than the experience of creating a CTF challenge himself. What happened when he went from thinking like a hacker to thinking like a creator?
John "Mako" McGill
"Organizing Your Workspace" is tagged as "Self Care"? You betcha! Anxiety is increased in a cluttered environment. Let Mako gently guide you through the steps to Marie Kondo-ing your way to healthier cortisone levels.
NCL won't just teach you how to research and solve problems like a pro. It can help you develop professional workplace values: honesty, integrity, respect, lawfulness, and resilience when mistakes are made. JeanaByte explains how to be thoughtful and ethical within the games, and how these behaviors map to success in the real world.
An important PSA from the Tech Bog: Keeping yourself sane is just as important as getting a lot of points. Read WebWitch's shocking self-care confession, and don't be like WebWitch! You can practice the magical art of self care in as little as 5 minutes.
What is impostor syndrome? What is the Vomit Comet? What does it mean when you can't solve an "Easy" challenge? Even if you've solved every challenge up 'til now, there's never a guarantee that you'll solve the next one. MistressVenom and NCL will help you transform performance anxiety into a more productive growth mindset.