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Mary Ann Hopkins: Parsons Offers Operational Environment for NSA Cybersecurity Drill

Mary Ann Hopkins
Mary Ann Hopkins

Parsons Corp. is hosting the National Security Agency‘s annual cybersecurity exercise this week in Columbia, Md. to help train students from military academies to handle information assurance operations.

More than 150 military school students will work in groups to secure computer systems they have designed and built at NSA’s 14th Cyber Defense Exercise, Parsons said Tuesday.

“The service academy students represent the next generation of experts responsible for operating, defending, and securing cyberspace, and through the CDX they will learn from operating in a realistic and challenging environment,” said Parsons Group President Mary Ann Hopkins.

A group of federal network specialists will evaluate student teams’ abilities to maintain, detect and mitigate cyber intrusions, according to Parsons.

Parsons’ government services business provides technical support, program management and training services to NSA and other intelligence and defense agencies.

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