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U.S. Military Academy Exercise Cyber Attack

West Point prepares for cyber-attacks,a team of cadets at West Point will be preparing for cyber-attacks this week. ( Associated Press)

The United States Military Academy at West Point (also known as USMA, West Point or Army) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City.

The U.S. Military Academy is competing against four other service academies in the 12th annual Cyber Defense Exercise Tuesday through Friday. The annual exercise teaches students how to defend vital information systems.

Each team must design and configure a computer network and protect it against attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense.

The NSA presents the winning team with a trophy. West Point is the defending champion and has won the trophy six times.