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Press Release | April 30, 2008

West Point Wins NSA's Annual Test Of Cyber Defense

For the second consecutive year the highly-coveted Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) Trophy will reside at West Point. Congratulations to the United States Military Academy (USMA) for winning Cyber Defense Exercise 2008. And a special thank you to the other service academies for their participation and for making this year's exercise exciting and challenging. Teams from the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) also participated in this year's exercise. Although NPS and AFIT participate in the exercise they were not eligible to compete for the trophy because of their advanced level of education.

The Cyber Defense Exercise is a computer security competition designed to foster education and awareness among future military leaders about the role of information assurance (IA) in protecting the nation's critical information systems. The exercise challenged teams of students drawn from each of the service academies with designing, building, and successfully defending a real-world computer network against simulated intrusions by a team of Department of Defense experts. The entire exercise was conducted on virtual private networks, providing a safe path for the exercise while preventing interference with real-world networks.

For more information about CDX 2008, contact the NSA/CSS Public and Media Affairs Office.