SANS Technology Institute Sentinels Wrap Up Another Outstanding National Cyber League Season

Becomes only college to earn Top 5 power rankings in both the Standard Student and Experienced Student brackets in the Fall 2023 NCL Competition

Earns #1 power ranking among schools designated as NSA Centers of Academic Excellence

BETHESDA, MD, November 20, 2023 - At the fall 2023 National Cyber League (NCL) competition, the SANS Technology Institute ( demonstrated its cybersecurity prowess, becoming the only college out of more than 500 participating colleges to earn Top 5 power rankings in both the Standard Student and Experienced Student brackets. This impressive achievement, along with earning the #1 power ranking among schools designated by the NSA as Centers of Academic Excellence, reaffirms the institution's standing as one of the top cybersecurity programs in the nation.

Quick Facts: Sentinels at 2023 NCL Competitions:

  • #1 Power Ranking in Experienced Student bracket in Spring 2023
  • #2 Power Ranking in the Experienced Student bracket in Fall 2023
  • #1 Power Ranking among schools designated by the NSA as Centers of Academic Excellence in Fall 2023
  • #4 Power Ranking in the Standard Student bracket in Fall 2023
  • #1 Team in the Experienced Student bracket in Spring 2023
  • #2 Team in the Experienced Student bracket in Fall 2023
  • #2 Team in the Standard Student bracket in Fall 2023
  • 28% of the Top 100 individual players in the Experienced student bracket in Fall 2023 were Sentinels

"The Sentinels' outstanding performance at both NCL competitions this year is a testament to their skill, talent, and tenacity, and to the quality of the education they're getting at SANS," said Ed Skoudis, President of the SANS Technology Institute. "I couldn't be prouder that the students on our two Top 5 NCL teams this fall represent all of our undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs."

The members of the Sentinels Team with the second-place finish in the Experienced Student bracket (out of more than 100 teams) were Brian Crowley, Brian Davidson, Christopher Haller, Jason Johnson, Cory Smith, Shawn Reinhart, Anthony Snead. Members of the Sentinels Team with the second-place finish in the Standard Student bracket (out of more than 1,000 teams) were Adam Browne, Rachel Downs, William Green, Ikaika Leite, Ehsaan Mavani, David Timothy Nam, and Jacob Smith.

These talented students represented the SANS Technology Institute's cybersecurity master's degree program, graduate certificate programs, bachelor's degree program, and undergraduate certificate program. "I'm incredibly proud of my team's commitment to the grueling 56-hour NCL team competition," said Will Green, a bachelor's degree student and member of the Sentinels Team that placed second in the Standard Student bracket. "Our diverse skill sets, paired with the strategy of former top-ranking NCL teams at SANS and the best training in cybersecurity at, all contributed to our success this season."

The top-finishing Sentinels Team competing in the Experienced Student bracket was one of only two teams to achieve a perfect score. "It was the most challenging NCL in 7 seasons, and each team member contributed vital insights and skills at the 11th hour," said Brian Davidson, a software engineer and recent master's degree graduate who competed on the second-place Experienced team. "We can't wait for our 8th season of competing!"

At the NCL fall 2023 awards ceremony held on November 9, 2023, NCL Commissioner David Zeichick said, "SANS, you are doing a great job there! You continue to create some amazing teams and amazing players."

The Sentinels' latest achievements further solidify its position as a powerhouse in the field of cybersecurity, and it reflects the rigorous training and top-notch education provided by the SANS Technology Institute. Join the ranks of these cybersecurity trailblazers by enrolling at today. With a distinguished faculty of information security experts, cutting-edge courses, and industry-recognized GIAC certifications, delivers exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students to thrive in the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

About the National Cyber League

The National Cyber League (NCL) is a collegiate cybersecurity competition that enables students to prepare for and test themselves against practical cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, penetration testing and auditing vulnerable websites, and recovering from ransomware attacks. Open to U.S. high school and college students, the NCL is a community and virtual training ground that allow students to develop and demonstrate their technical cybersecurity skills, helping students bridge the gap from curriculum to career.

About the SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was founded in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification for professionals in government and commercial organizations worldwide. SANS' renowned instructors teach over 60 different courses in the classroom and virtually during live cybersecurity training events. They are also all available anytime via the OnDemand platform. GIAC, a subsidiary of the SANS Institute, validates credentials with more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cybersecurity. SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited, independent affiliate, offers master's degrees in cybersecurity. SANSSecurity Awareness, a division of the SANS Institute, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution that enables them to easily and effectively manage their "human" cyber security risk. SANS provides a variety of free resources to the InfoSec community, including consensus projects, research reports and newsletters; it also operates the Internet Early Warning System, the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security experts, representing diverse global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community: