Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

4/24/2012
02:24 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

Air Force Wins NSA's 12th Annual Test Of Cyber Defense

Marks third win since annual competition began in 2001

The U.S. Air Force Academy won this year's Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX), gaining its third trophy since the annual competition began in 2001.

The cybersecurity skills and ingenuity of students from the U.S. service academies, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Royal Military College of Canada were put to the test by the National Security Agency's top information assurance professionals. NSA's Information Assurance Directorate sponsors the annual event, often characterized as the Superbowl for future cyber defenders.

"CDX is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for some of the finest students in the nation to show off their cyber skills to NSA's leading practitioners," said Tony Sager, Chief Operating Officer in the Information Assurance Directorate. "Cybersecurity is a team sport. The nation needs the best and brightest to help us outthink and defeat our adversaries' new ideas."

Network specialists who help to secure the U.S. government's most sensitive communication systems challenged the ability of service academy teams to defend computer networks that the students designed, built, and configured at their respective schools. The entire four-day exercise was conducted on virtual private networks. Working at Lockheed Martin's facility in Hanover, Md., another group of specialists graded each team's ability to effectively maintain network services while detecting, responding to, and recovering from security intrusions or compromises.

Teams from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Air Force Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy competed this year. NSA announced the winner on Friday, April 20.

Despite the intense competition, both students and professionals said everyone had a great experience.

"The exercise is as close to a real-world environment as you can get in a training scenario," said a Defense Department researcher who was on the West Point team that won the 2009 CDX Trophy. As a cadet, he said, the exercise had given him a "good understanding of the magnitude of the fight - and just how difficult it is to protect cyber space."

**CDX Trophy Winners Over the Years**

Date CDX Winner

2001 U.S. Military Academy (USMA) 2002 USMA 2003 U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) 2004 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) 2005 U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) 2006 USAFA 2007 USMA 2008 USMA 2009 USMA 2010 USNA 2011 USMA 2012 USAFA

More information about NSA and previous Cyber Defense Exercises is available online at www.nsa.gov.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
US Capitol Attack a Wake-up Call for the Integration of Physical & IT Security
Seth Rosenblatt, Contributing Writer,  1/11/2021
More SolarWinds Attack Details Emerge
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  1/12/2021
Vulnerability Management Has a Data Problem
Tal Morgenstern, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Vulcan Cyber,  1/14/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2020: The Year in Security
Download this Tech Digest for a look at the biggest security stories that - so far - have shaped a very strange and stressful year.
Flash Poll
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
COVID-19 has created a new IT paradigm in the enterprise -- and a new level of cybersecurity risk. This report offers a look at how enterprises are assessing and managing cyber-risk under the new normal.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-7343
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-18
Missing Authorization vulnerability in McAfee Agent (MA) for Windows prior to 5.7.1 allows local users to block McAfee product updates by manipulating a directory used by MA for temporary files. The product would continue to function with out-of-date detection files.
CVE-2020-28476
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-18
All versions of package tornado are vulnerable to Web Cache Poisoning by using a vector called parameter cloaking. When the attacker can separate query parameters using a semicolon (;), they can cause a difference in the interpretation of the request between the proxy (running with default configura...
CVE-2020-28473
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-18
The package bottle from 0 and before 0.12.19 are vulnerable to Web Cache Poisoning by using a vector called parameter cloaking. When the attacker can separate query parameters using a semicolon (;), they can cause a difference in the interpretation of the request between the proxy (running with defa...
CVE-2021-25173
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-18
An issue was discovered in Open Design Alliance Drawings SDK before 2021.12. A memory allocation with excessive size vulnerability exists when reading malformed DGN files, which allows attackers to cause a crash, potentially enabling denial of service (crash, exit, or restart).
CVE-2021-25174
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-18
An issue was discovered in Open Design Alliance Drawings SDK before 2021.12. A memory corruption vulnerability exists when reading malformed DGN files. It can allow attackers to cause a crash, potentially enabling denial of service (Crash, Exit, or Restart).