College Students Battle To Control the Power Grid in Energy Department Challenge

NextGov: If America’s critical infrastructure came under attack, cybersecurity specialists could be the first—and possibly last—line of protection against a nationwide crisis.

Over the weekend, the Energy Department put the next generation of cyber defenders through a trial run.

The agency on Saturday brought together 25 teams of college students to participate in the third Cyber Defense Challenge. Each team built its own infrastructure network and then defended that network against simulated online attacks launched by energy industry cyber experts.

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