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What is the Mission?

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Cybersecurity is more than safeguarding servers, switches, and chips; it's securing your identity and your cyber footprint; it's protecting your family and friends. It affects your school, your job, and your home. NSA proactively works to secure our future through mentoring, integrating, leading, and partnering in NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX).

Adversaries are more sophisticated. Threats are never-ending. NCX challenges future generations to stay ahead of cyber threats, keeping our Nation safe.

What is NCX?

NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX) culminates in a three-day competition that challenges cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. Service Academies in near full-spectrum cyber operations: advancing strategic cybersecurity through education and training to develop and test their cybersecurity skills, teamwork, planning, communication, and decision-making.

Who are the Players?

The U.S. Military is a key partner and primary customer of NSA. We depend on the students who participate in NCX; their tactics and strategies throughout the exercise provide valuable insights for future innovations.

Who are our Partners?

  • Joint Service Academy Cybersecurity (JSAC) Summit - NCX takes place concurrently with JSAC, a federation of common interests to strengthen the tie between industry and U.S. Government to better secure the internet, share best practices, and foster stakeholder partnerships.
  • U.S. Cyber Command
NCX 2018 Winners:
U.S. Naval Academy