Howard University Cyber Security and Research Center (CERC)

Focused on research, leading edge education, hands-on experience, and direct student engagments with government & business partners. Contact us at cerc@Howard.edu

Tip#1 – Skills Needed for Capture-the-Flag (CTF)

The fundamental IT skills needed to learn cybersecurity include; (1) operating systems, (2) software, (3) programming, (4) networks and (5) hardware. The following specific cybersecurity skills are derived from these fundemental skills and used cyber competition:

  1. Kali Linux
  2. Linux Command Line 
  3. Numbering and Character Encoding Systems
  4. Log Analysis 
  5. Basic Cryptography  and Steganography
  6. Open Source Intelligence/  Recon 
  7. Web Exploitation 
  8. Password Cracking
  9. Scanning
  10. Traffic Analysis 
  11. Enumeration, Reverse Engineering & Exploitation
  12. Wireless Security

NCL Spring 2020 Competition on Mar 23rd

The National Cyber League (NCL) Spring 2020 competition will begin on March 23rd and cover the domains listed below. Contact us a cerc@howard.edu to join the Howard team.

  1. OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE
  2. SCANNING
  3. ENUMERATION AND EXPLOITATION
  4. PASSWORD CRACKING
  5. TRAFFIC ANALYSIS
  6. LOG ANALYSIS
  7. WIRELESS SECURITY
  8. CRYPTOGRAPHY
  9. WEB APPLICATION SECURITY
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