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NCyTE Cyber Career Challenge Student Information Session

  • Tue, February 21, 2023
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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NCyTE Cyber Career Challenge
Student Information Session

February 21, 2023
3:00 pm PST

NCyTE's virtual Cyber Career Challenge provides students with the opportunity to gain real world cybersecurity workforce experience. Students will work virtually in teams to configure, operate, protect, and defend a small network of machines. The information session covers the workshop expectations, assignments, schedule, and details about the virtual environment.

Students from community colleges, technical colleges, and universities are encouraged to apply. Students who are interested in using the workshop as an internship or co-operative education experience will need to inquire at their institution four to six weeks prior to the start of the workshop to find out how to qualify.

Student eligibility

  • Completed an introduction to networking course and an introduction to cybersecurity course
  • Attended one of the three information sessions being offered on February 21, 22, and 23)
  • Complete a CCC commitment agreement.


  • 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

Learning objectives

  • 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.


Community College and University students who want to apply to the CCC need to attend one of the three information sessions being offered.  Faculty are welcome to attend, especially those who have a student who will be applying. 

Event Facilitator

Vincent Nestler

Senior Personnel, NCyTE Center

Associate Professor, California State University - San Bernardino

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NCyTE is funded by National Science Foundation Grant #2054724

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