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Cybersecurity Experts Attack Imaginary Countries In Cyber ‘X Games’ At CMU

Author: Liz Reid / Source:

Cybersecurity experts will meet at Carnegie Mellon University this week for a conference and competition.

Fifty military cybersecurity experts are defending the online infrastructure of their imaginary nations at the Cyber Endeavor X Games this week.

Now in its sixth year, the five-day competition is being held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

“It’s very easy to suspend your disbelief and believe that you’re actually in a real environment with real-word things happening and responding to those events in the context of the exercise,” said Michael Massa, program manager at CMU’s CERT division, or omputer Emergency Readiness Team.

CMU works closely with US-CERT and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure.

Austin Whisnant, cyber security engineer at CMU’s…

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