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‘Hackfest’ Competition Puts AFIT Cadets’ Cybersecurity Skills to Test

cybersecurityThe U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has evaluated the ability of some Air Force and Army cadets to secure enterprise networks during a two-day cybersecurity competition.

AFIT hosted the Hackfest event as part of its four-week Advanced Cyber Education program, according to an article published Friday on the Air Force website.

Cadets formed their own teams and built small information technology networks for web, email and file sharing and transfer services during the contest.

Hackfest challenged each cyber team to break into other teams’ machines to search and plant flags without losing functional control, the article states.

The ACE course is designed to educate cadets about offensive and defensive cyber methods, computer forensics, software reverse engineering and strategies to exploit system vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure.

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