Academic and professional development are the core of the cadet experience. Co-curricular academic and professional offerings provide opportunities to learn from faculty outside the classroom and experts in the field.
For more information about internship partners and the Academy’s relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, visit uscga.edu/cyber-systems.
The Academy’s cyber policies and procedures are aligned with federal regulations. This includes all cadets and faculty completing the Department of Defense’s Cyber Awareness Challenge. To learn more about federal cybersecurity policies, visit https://www.nist.gov/cybersecurity or Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Reference Architecture.
The Academy has an active Cyber Team that competes throughout the academic year. The Academy is proud to highlight some of the Team’s 2022-2023 accomplishments and upcoming events.
This is the premier competition of the fall semester. The top 06 cadets from the USCGA Cyber Team traveled to Chicago to compete in a “live-fire” scenario against over 165 teams from over 150 of the top cybersecurity collegiate programs in the country in the 7th Annual DOE CyberForce Competition. Cadets competed categories such as developing secure web infrastructure from scratch, integrating enterprise IT systems and assessing security, carrying out network and host-based forensic analysis of attacks, and documenting five threat hunting and incident response scenarios in a time-constrained setting. In the first year of competing, and out of over 165 teams, the CGA Cyber Team finished 13th place overall and bested all military academies and senior military colleges in attendance, as well as many other well-known collegiate cyber programs.
During 20-22 January 2023, 15 cadets from the CGA Cyber Team traveled to Washington, DC to learn, compete, and network at the Shmoocon 2023 Cybersecurity Conference. Cyber Team cadets attended keynote presentations, networked with CGCYBER Officers and industry processionals, and studied and competed in a variety of technical fields including reverse engineering, cryptography, and RFID exploitation. Some notable cadet achievements from the conference are:
- A team of underclass cadets were the first-place finishers of the Clarity Cybersecurity Cryptography Challenge, finishing the challenges hours before any other team in attendance did.
- 1/c Campbell worked collaboratively with prior CG Cyber officers to solve the RET2 Systems reverse engineering challenge, a prestigious and notable reverse engineering puzzle that no CGA cadet has solved in three years.
Under the oversight of the Cyber Council, the Academy conducts outreach in the Corps of Cadets and with secondary school students.
Cyber Range – A mandatory component of second-class (junior) summer for all cadets, to establish foundational knowledge of cyber concepts and principles.
NET21 – A youth leadership experience operating under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education Program. NET21 introduces local youth to the field of cybersecurity and provides mentorship to pursue challenging academic goals.
Cadets, faculty, and Service stakeholders are welcome to use this library of resources to further their work.
- Carnegie Mellon picoCTF
- Air Force Association CyberPatriot
- Khan Academy
- SANS CyberAces
- University of Denver Complete Guide to Ethical Hacking
- U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command
- U.S. Cyber Command
- Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
- The National Cybersecurity Alliance
- The Center for Internet Security
- The Research & Education Networks Information Sharing & Analysis Center
- SANS Internet Storm Center
Have a free resource that you would like us to feature, contact the Vice Chair of the Cyber Council!