CompTIA Student Cybersecurity Competition

Show off your skills and engage in CompTIA’s individual and team cybersecurity competitions.

2020 Competition Season

NCL Powered By Cyber Skyline


CompTIA has partnered with National Cyber League powered by Cyber Skyline, to give our student members the opportunity to compete in virtual cyber competitions!

The NCL, powered by its partner Cyber Skyline, is a biannual cybersecurity competition for high school and college students consisting of hands-on, realistic, industry skill-based challenges across multiple learning domains, designed to test and build their cyber skills, such as:


More than 10,000 students from over 300 colleges and universities across the U.S. participate annually in NCL competitions.

Individual Game (Oct. 23 - Oct. 25) 
Compete and show off your individual cyber skills
Team Game (Nov. 6 - Nov. 8)

Compete and show off your team's performance. * There is a 7-player max per team.


Cybersecurity Competition Prep-Webinar

Webinar Recording

What you will learn:

  • Get key insights regarding NCL’s upcoming Fall cyber games.
  • Understand how CompTIA cybersecurity certifications relate to the different skill categories within the competition.
  • Learn the in-demand skills hiring managers are looking for.
  • Discover the top cybersecurity trends and more.


National Cyber League (NCL) Skills Category

Alignment with CompTIA Certifications

The following table shows a high-level relationship between CompTIA cybersecurity certifications and each NCL skills category. Security+ covers all nine NCL skills categories.

NCL Skills Category

CompTIA certification where focused

Open Source Intelligence

Security+, CySA+


Security+, CASP+

Password cracking

Security+, PenTest+, CASP+

Log analysis

Network+, Security+, CySA+

Network Traffic Analysis

Network+, Security+, CySA+

Wireless Access Exploitation

Security+, PenTest+

Web Application Exploitation

Security+, PenTest+


Network+, Security+, PenTest+

Enumeration and Exploitation

Security+, PenTest+

Cybersecurity Competitions: Why You Should Participate and How to Get Started | By Spencer Bone


By participating in cybersecurity competitions, like the National Cyber League (NCL) Games, students can prepare and validate their skills with practical challenges they will likely face in real-world cybersecurity roles. Players can also receive individualized, comprehensive feedback from the games that highlight their personal strengths within industry-relevant challenges. This feedback is a great resource for those entering the industry and is part of what helps competition participants stand out when seeking IT and cybersecurity jobs.  READ MORE

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National Cyber League

Learn more about last year's Pilot Competition here!



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