Sharpening the Axe: How to Cut and Carve Logs in the NCL

"Sculpture, per se, is the simplest thing in the world. All you have to do is to take a big chunk of marble and a hammer and chisel, make up your mind what you are about to create and chip off all the marble you don’t want.”Paris Gaulois I love this sarcastic oversimplification. It reminds us … Continue reading Sharpening the Axe: How to Cut and Carve Logs in the NCL

Why I Became an NCL Player Ambassador – WebWitch

The National Cyber League (NCL) was a transformative experience for me. Through the three years I participated, I went from a sophomore who didn’t know a single thing to co-running our university’s cybersecurity team as a senior. Because I participated, I was able to find everything from conference opportunities to friends in the industry. Hell, … Continue reading Why I Became an NCL Player Ambassador – WebWitch

Sha Jvgu Pelcgb! Crypto or Cthulhu?

""Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." Occult horror readers will recognize the phrase from H.P. Lovecraft's 1926 classic, The Call of Cthulhu. However, outside of that small circle, it seems like pure gibberish. Similarly, looking at a message that has been encrypted calls to mind those same eldritch horrors, chanting in their secret watery caves … Continue reading Sha Jvgu Pelcgb! Crypto or Cthulhu?

Open Source Intelligence for the National Cyber League Games

Not to be confused with open source software, open source intelligence, often abbreviated OSINT (and not OSI), is the practice of gathering and analyzing information from public sources. This is not to be confused with OSI (which is the Open Systems Interconnection model for networking). Not that many people confuse this. It's mostly just Kait … Continue reading Open Source Intelligence for the National Cyber League Games

Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room: How to NOT CHEAT in the National Cyber League Games

Buckle up, friends! We need to have a serious chat. One of the absolute hardest things I have had to do as your Chief Player Ambassador is hear the stories of the people who are caught during the Cyber Skyline Cheating Audit. It's an important part of the competition to keep things fair all around. … Continue reading Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room: How to NOT CHEAT in the National Cyber League Games