College of the Redwoods will offer two cyber security themed classes in fall 2020, CIS35 - Intro to Cybersecurity and CIS37 - Ethical Hacking. Both courses will be participating in the National Cyber League Competitions this upcoming semester, due to the help of a state Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media sponsorship.
“Our Computer Information Systems Program is extremely relevant in the current job market as the country shifts to a heavily "online" workforce,” said CR Computer Information Systems instructor Amy Murphy. There is still time to register for fall classes at CR. Most fall classes begin the week of August 24th.
Listed below are quotes from students who have completed the National Cyber League competitions through the CR program.
“I feel the NCL was interesting and enjoyable because it made us think outside the box. The challenges actually gave us unpredictable challenges and made it more fun to figure them out as we had to take time to get the answers right and learn about things we hadn't yet. One of the cool things I learned was how to use things we use such as chrome web browser in all new ways for the "investigation" aspect of it like finding exact locations just based from an image or Internet address. The participation of this will benefit me in the future as it filled me with useful knowledge that can and likely will be used in a future career for me. Like the challenges mentioned above I have definitely learned to also be more secure. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank our sponsor. The experience was awesome and really taught me great new things. I appreciated and enjoyed every minute of it.” – Beau E. --Del Norte Campus
“...in the NCL this year, I had a great time participating in the competition. In particular, I think I enjoyed the Password Cracking and Exploitation challenges the most. I've been studying on my own over the last few years before I signed up for the Security class at CR, and I've found it very difficult to stay interested in the material when I have nothing more than academics to apply the knowledge to. I was very glad to have an opportunity to actually "stretch the muscles" that I've been working to develop; I felt that being able to actually try applying the things I've learned helped provide some structure to everything I've been reading. Most of all, the NCL showed me how much I still have to learn. I'm pleased with my performance, but I'm eager to learn more and get prepared for the competition next year.” – Cymric C.
“NCL is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. It requires you have a ton of tools at your disposal, as well as the ability to search for hard to find information online. It's a challenge, that leaves you satisfied when you find the answer to that one hard to solve problem.” –Thomas N.
“I am so grateful for the NCL, although I am not a pro yet and that I have a lot more to learn, it has been an eye opener and challenging of course. However, I am glad to be a part of it and the next time I get a chance like this, I will definitely work harder. It was so much fun.” – Salem I.
“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to participate in the NCL. It challenged me to try harder and push my limits. I learned a lot of new things and had fun doing it as well. Once again, thank you!” – Ekaterina (Kat) I.
“I like to thank you Wendy Porter for the NCL sponsorship.
I enjoyed playing NCL competition, it was a little challenging in some fields but I enjoyed it and learn a lot. I like it much that I definitely will enter in the next year. Thank you for this opportunity.” – Maria C.