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NSA Cyber Exercise

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 the 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. All five U.S. Service Academies participate. Cadets and Midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy compete for the NSA Cyber Exercise Trophy.

Who are our Partners?

  • Joint Service Academy Cybersecurity (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. NCX is held in tandem with the JSAC Summit.
  • U.S. Cyber Command - plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

NCX 2019 Winner:

U.S. Air Force Academy