A photo of Kaitlyn Bestenheider posing with a group of seven other people in attendance at DEF CON.

My First DEF CON


What do candy, power adapters, application security, beach balls, and cons-within-cons à la Inception all have in common? CryptoKait's first ever DEF CON experience taught her that nothing can prepare you for DEF CON... but that's not going to stop her from trying to prepare you for DEF CON! What to pack is just the beginning...

The Importance of the National Cyber League (NCL) Scouting Report


CryptoKait felt embarrassed by how badly she ranked in her first season of NCL. She was pretty sure she only beat the people who didn't log in. Later, the improvement demonstrated season over season by her Scouting Report landed her an interview with Google. CryptoKait had used the Scouting Report as both a means to improve and a validation of that improvement. Read to find out how you can, too!