Cornel's team, the only team that was 50 percent female, earned second place at 2016 NCCDC.
Cornel first became involved with the BYU as a research assistant in the BYU Cybersecurity Research Lab (CSRL). "My position in the CSRL then provided me with an opportunity to become a member of the Red Team. After showing an immense desire to learn, I was asked to join the team for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition," Cornel said.
Being part of this team's success was surprising and exciting for Cornel. "I did not expect for the team to do so well, being newcomers to this competition at the national level. This placement gave me an idea of how I fit in the cybersecurity field, specifically which skills I have and which ones I lack."
"Cybersecurity competitions, such as NCCDC, can help women establish themselves in this industry by providing a stage to showcase their abilities," she continued.