Cyber Blazers

Why and What

The increasing number of national and international cybersecurity student competitions reflects the intense and growing need to develop talent and practical skills in cybersecurity.

As members of the Cyber Blazers competition team, students apply their technical skills,  expertise, knowledge, and ethics to solve problems and compete in cybersecurity competitions. The Cyber Blazers team meets regularly and practices in our Cybersecurity Lab. The team is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in developing high-level defensive and offensive cyber skills. Our team participates in various cybersecurity competitions, though students who join the team are not required to compete.

For new members, the team provides hands-on training and tutorials to catch them up to speed with current topics.

Focus Areas

  • System and Network Forensics
  • Linux Operating Systems
  • Penetration Testing
  • Scripting
  • Reverse Engineering/Exploitation
  • Cryptography

Team Meetings & Training

Team meetings (for Spring 2019):  Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm in HT 308C


  • Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory Capture the Flag (MAGIC CTF)
  • National Cyber League (NCL)

Cyber Blazers Team Rankings

  • 2019 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), ranked 31st (781 teams competing)
  • 2019 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), Gold Bracket, ranked 31th (105 teams competing)
  • 2019 Fall 2019 MAGIC's Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition, ranked 10th (88 teams competing)
  • 2019 Capture the Flag Competition at FCC,  ranked 4th (13 teams competing) 
  • 2018 Fall MAGIC's Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition,  ranked 8th (45 teams competing) 
  • 2018 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), ranked 53rd (368 teams competing) 
  • 2018 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), Gold Bracket, ranked 37th (54 teams competing)
  • 2018 Spring MAGIC's Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition,  ranked 17th (40+ teams competing) 
  • 2018 Spring National Cyber League (NCL), ranked 125th (264 teams competing)
  • 2018 Spring National Cyber League (NCL), Silver Bracket, ranked 54th (97 teams competing)

Individual Ethical Hacker rankings 

  • Cyber Blazer Tristan Beyer: 2018 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), Gold Bracket, ranked 56th (471 players competing), placed in Gold Bracket.
  • Cyber Blazer Tristan Beyer: 2018 Fall National Cyber League (NCL), ranked 60th (3,324 players competing)

Cyber Blazers Team Rosters

  • 2019-2020: Michael Hodge, Paul Wells, Sneha Soni, Gordon Cohen, Akeem Olanrewaju, Nikhil Kalva, Seth Wilson, Luan Lepi
  • 2018-2019: Ivo Tadic, Kamal Rangavajhula, Joseph Lyons, Jeffery Larson, Neha Prasad, Abdullah Alhogbani, Davon Hill, Warren Scott, Tristan Beyer, Berl Lovelace, Luan Lepi, Connor Brown, Rob de Cespedes,  Doug Koster, Brian Patton, Vincent Yu,  Michael Hodge, Alice Gallaugher
  • 2017-2018: Ivo Tadic, Kamal Rangavajhula, Jeffery Larson, Davon Hill, Tristan Beyer, Rob de Cespedes,  Vincent Yu,  Michael Hodge

Join Us!

Students interested in joining CyberBlazers should contact the team coach, Dr. Carol Jim:  email jim[at]

Cyber Blazers

Hood Cyber Blazers Nationally Ranked

Hood Cyber Blazers Team Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

Interview with Carol Jim, Ph.D., Computer Science & Information Technology & faculty coach for Hood's Cyber Blazers

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  • Math & Computer Sciences
Hood College Cyber Blazers

Congrats Cyber Blazers!

Hood College Cyber Blazers Faculty Graduate Student

On Nov. 3, 2018, Cyber Blazers, Hood College’s ethical hacking student team, competed in the sixth MAGIC Capture the Flag competition. Cyber Blazers finished 8th out of the 45 teams who competed.

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