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Cadets take second in mock cyber war

Published: April 22, 2014, 10:37 am, by Tom Roeder

PrintAir Force Academy cadets earned second place in the 14th annual National Security Agency Cyber Defense Exercise pitting the nation’s top military academies in a mock computer war.
“The competition required the cadets to build an enterprise network from scratch, including email, web, voice-over-internet and file transfer services,” the academy said in a news release. “During the exercise, cadets defended the network against NSA red-team members, solved a forensics challenge, and secured a vulnerable webserver provided by the NSA. The team was led by senior cadet Keane Lucas.
The academy said that while cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., took top honors, Air Force was able to hold off NSA hackers for the longest period of time.