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Students at Vt. college learn computer protection

By Wilson Ring

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 11 2012 11:15 a.m. MDT

In this March 8, 2012 photo, Norwich University professor Peter Stephenson, the director of Norwich’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics, works on computers in Northfield, Vt. Deep in the bowels of a building on the campus of the nation’s oldest private military academy, students from across the globe are being taught to fight the war of the future. In a six-week seminar nearing its end, students take turns building and defending computer networks, attacking one or monitoring the operation. The technical training is only a part of the skills needed to protect computer networks from probes that could allow an attacker full access to a target computer.

Toby Talbot, Associated Press

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Deep in the bowels of a building at Norwich University in Northfield, students are being taught to fight the war of the future.

The mock battles are on computers. Students are learning to protect communications networks from cyber-attacks.

Such cyber war games are well-established between schools in the United States. Norwich has added a new twist: One of the other teams is from Macedonia and another from Oman.

This semester is the first time Norwich is working with the overseas schools.

In a six-week seminar nearing its end, students take turns building and defending computer networks, attacking one or monitoring the operation.

Norwich junior Jacob Evans of Tuftonboro, N.H., says the international war games add an element of authenticity to the process.

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