Naval Academy knows its cybersecurity

Naval Academy knows its cybersecurity

The United States Naval Academy beat out the four other service academies in the annual Cyber Defense Exercise, designed to equip students with the ability to protect the nation's critical information systems.

Sponsored by the National Security Agency, CDX challenges each academy team to design, build and configure a real-world computer network simulating a deployed joint service command. A network operations 'red' team, composed of NSA and Defense personnel, then identifies the vulnerabilities and attempts to hack each network over a four-day period.

The teams are evaluated on how well they maintain services, as well as on efforts to detect, respond to and recover from network security breaches.

'The CDX brings practical experience into the classroom,' according to a NSA release.

The United States Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy tied for runners-up. Other participants were the United States Merchant Marine Academy, last year's winner, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The NSA Information Assurance Director's Trophy will remain at the Naval Academy until next year's exercise.

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