Marshall team scores within top 1% of teams at National Cyber League Fall 2022 competition

Marshall Old Main in summer

A team of Marshall University cyber students scored 28th out of 3,926 teams at the National Cyber League’s Fall 2022 competition last month, putting the team in the top 0.71% of the competitors.

The competition focused on open source intelligence (OSINT), cyber forensics, password cracking, network traffic analysis, cryptography, scanning and reconnaissance, web application exploitation, enumeration and exploitation, and log analysis.  Marshall scored in the 100th percentile in multiple categories including cryptography, open source intelligence and network traffic analysis.

Coached by Josh Brunty, an associate professor in the cyber forensics and security program, the Fall 2022 Cyber League team members included Ethan Endres, Alisha Joseph, Jack McFee, A.J. Clark, Samuel Adkins, Jaslin Giron and Hannah Carroll.

“This is another great finish for our team,” said John Sammons, associate director of Marshall’s Institute for Cyber Security. “We couldn’t be prouder of these students and their coach, Professor Brunty. They have put in some very hard work, and it clearly shows. From the faculty standpoint, these competitions are great opportunities for students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to realistic and challenging problems. It also demonstrates to prospective employers that they have the skills, abilities, discipline and motivation to succeed.”

The Marshall team has historically performed well in the competition, ranking in the top 10 four times and winning in the spring of 2020.

“Competing in the National Cyber League teaches these students hands-on and teamwork skills that we could never replicate in the classroom” Brunty said. “It’s these skills that will set them apart in the cyber workforce after graduation.”

Senior Hannah Carroll, a cyber forensics and security (CFS) major, said the competition was one of the most beneficial experiences she’s had at Marshall.

“During the competition, I discovered new skills and strengthened current ones that I can use in my classes, internships and career,” Carroll said. “I spent time building a relationship with my teammates and further developing my leadership skills when working on the team game. I have also broadened my network by meeting other competitors and professionals involved in the competition. Overall, the National Cyber League has strengthened me as a professional through the years I have participated.”

Ethan Endres, a senior in Marshall’s cyber forensics and security program, described the competition as “a really fun and a highly educational experience. The challenges were so unique and really had all of our team members thinking outside the box.”

“Competing in the NCL competition has been a very rewarding experience for me,” said Alisha Joseph, also a senior in the CFS program. “I love how this competition helped me enhance my critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”