The NCL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using next-generation high-fidelity simulation environments.

One of the distinguishing factors of the NCL is the integration of learning objectives in all its activities. One of the main ways this is accomplished is by aligning customized content available in NCL Gymnasiums with simulations and games available in the NCL Stadium. This allows players to use the Gym environment to develop knowledge and skills and then demonstrate these newly acquired skills in competitive individual and team play. It also allows the NCL to measure player’s game performance and produce individualized reports (NCL Scouting Report) on strengths and weakness amongst various learning objectives and industry-recognized competencies.



Various cyber competitions exist. The NCL differentiates itself in the following ways:

  • Providing year-round knowledge and skills development and validation

  • Integrating learning objectives in all activities

  • Validating skills

  • Analyzing practice and game performance reporting

  • Scaling the numbers of participants/teams and learning/game environments


To offer engaging, entertaining, measurable, and scalable methods of learning to enlist a new generation of cybersecurity professionals, which is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Providing an inclusive individual and team competitive sport experience

  • Creating a fun, experiential learning opportunity where players demonstrate skills/knowledge sets

  • Promoting proficiency for specific cyber skills

  • Preparing teams for other cybersecurity exercises

  • Continuing the acquisition of skills tied to curriculum, industry needs, and professional certifications

  • Enriching the classroom/training learning experience

  • Promoting industry participation

  • Addressing the lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals nationally

  • Aligning competition events to academic calendars (e.g., semesters)

  • Providing a mechanism by which participants can assess the effectiveness of their curriculum


The following organizations founded the NCL:






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