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Public Affairs : West Point Competes in Cyber Defense Exercise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  RELEASE NO. 04-12


WEST POINT, N.Y. – U.S. Military Academy cadets will compete against the four other service academies in the 12th annual Cyber Defense Exercise April 17-20. The exercise is designed to teach students how to protect and defend the nation’s information systems.

Established in 2001 by West Point in collaboration with and support from the National Security Agency, the exercise challenges each team to design, build and configure a real-world computer network and simulates a deployed joint service command. A network attack team, composed of NSA and Department of Defense personnel, then identifies the vulnerabilities and launches attacks on each network over a four-day period.

"Securing our military and government networks is becoming increasingly important in this digital age. The Cyber Defense Exercise is designed to hone Cadets' cyber defense skills and prepare them to defend this critical domain," said Lt. Col. David R. Raymond, assistant professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Cadets will actively defend their networks against the NSA to keep systems on-line and available. Each team is evaluated on their ability to maintain services, as well as efforts to prevent and recover from security breaches and provide forensic analysis of compromised systems.

NSA presents the winning team with the Information Assurance Director’s Trophy at the end of May. West Point is the defending champion and has won the trophy six times.

About West Point
Ranked the “Top College in the Country” by Forbes and “Top Public Liberal Arts College” by US News & World Report, the U.S. Military Academy is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. The world's preeminent leader development institution, it was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army. For more information, go to