Sentinels Finish in Top 10 in the NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2022

BETHESDA, MD, December 12, 2022 – Students from the SANS Technology Institute (, one of the nation’s largest cybersecurity programs and the only college focused solely on cybersecurity, finished in the Top 10 out of 445 schools that participated in the National Security Agency’s Codebreaker Challenge 2022.

The Top 10 finish comes in a year in which the Sentinels also earned the #1 Power Ranking at the spring National Cyber League (NCL) competition and the #2 Power Ranking at the fall 2022 NCL competition.

“I’m so proud of everything our Sentinels teams have achieved this year,” said Ed Skoudis, President of the SANS Technology Institute. “These competitions showcase our students’ ability to handle the challenges they’ll face in the real world. I’m particularly impressed that our undergraduate and graduate students have worked together to achieve such remarkable results.”

About the NSA Codebreaker Challenge

The NSA Codebreaker Challenge provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering and code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA’s mission. The 2022 NSA Codebreaker Challenge consisted of a series of tasks that were worth a varying number of points based on difficulty. Schools were ranked according to the total points accumulated by their students.

About the SANS Technology Institute

The SANS Technology Institute (, America’s premier college for cybersecurity, offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by:

  • world-class faculty of highly skilled information security practitioners
  • Hands-on cybersecurity courses that are continually updated for real-world relevance
  • Industry-recognized GIAC certifications earned in each of its programs
  • Innovative online and in-person course delivery options, including 100% online options for all programs
  • The proven success of its alumni master’s degree students conduct leading-edge cybersecurity research that enhances the state of the art in the practice of information security. The college is also home to the Internet Storm Center, the world’s leading global cyber threat detection network, where students in the bachelor’s degree program gain hands-on experience as Apprentice Handlers.

The SANS Technology Institute is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 - 267.284.5000), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn more at