The Eller College of Management’s Arizona Pen Testing (APT) 100 team recently placed #5 overall out of 957 teams in the 2020 National Cyber League (NCL) competition. All four University of Arizona teams, which all received high standing in this event, were led by Gabrila Greer ’21 MS (MIS).
The NCL competition offers students the opportunity to practice and apply their cybersecurity skills by challenging student teams to answer questions from a variety of categories, including open-source intelligence, cryptography, log analysis, network traffic analysis and more. More than 10,000 students from 450 universities participate in the biannual event.
The APT team was established in Fall 2019, starting at six student participants and placing #77 overall. The group has grown enough to warrant four separate teams (100, 200, 300 and 400) totaling 32 students, including students from the CyberCats Student Club of both the University of Arizona Cyber Operations and Computer Science programs. APT 100 placed #1 in log analysis, #3 in cryptography and #3 in scanning and reconnaissance. With their combined scores, the University of Arizona ranked #4 overall in the nation, #3 among centers for academic excellence in the nation and #2 among western universities in the nation.
“I’m so proud of every individual on each team,” says Greer. “These students are incredible—they worked together to expand their knowledge while creating their own network of passionate cybersecurity students, even amidst the current pandemic.”