[ISN] Cadet stumps security experts

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Thu Jul 05 2007 - 23:29:07 PDT


By Ed Lowe
Post-Crescent staff writer
July 5, 2007

A new West Point graduate from Grand Chute is part of the first team to 
build a computer network the National Security Agency didn't crack 
during a weeklong hacker attack.

James D. Pleuss, 23, a 2002 graduate of Appleton West High School, 
served on the West Point cyber team that won the 2007 Cyber Defense 

"The NSA has a red cell team that attacks the networks, tries to hack 
into the systems." Pleuss told The Post-Crescent.

"It was our job to use whatever tactics we could to keep them out and 
make sure the network stayed secure."

The West Point team's network outlasted those of undergraduate cadets 
and midshipmen representing the four other U.S. service academies, and a 
pair of teams from post-graduate service schools.

"These are the people who check the White House (systems) for security," 
Pleuss said. "They say the White House (information network) is the only 
one they have much trouble getting into using the tactics they have 

NSA spokesman Tony Sager said the teams in this year's competition were 
more accomplished than those tested a year ago.

"We see it as a good sign that we are challenged too," Sager said in a 
NSA release.

Pleuss, the son of Jim and Mary Pleuss, will complete seven months of 
training in Georgia before assignment at a post in Hawaii.

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