The Michigan National Guard and the Michigan Cyber Range hosted an International Cyber Exercise on October 30, 2017 as part of the state’s North American International Cyber Summit. Eighteen teams from six countries and ten states competed in an all out, fast paced cyber exercise that resembles the physical game of paintball.
While the Michigan teams participated from the Summit’s location, the other teams took part from their home station – making the exercise span 13 time zones. Set in the virtual city of Alphaville, the teams had to attack targets while defending, stressing the importance of quick decision making and technical skill.
At the end of the day, the Latvian team prevailed but the competition challenged all the teams. Everyone who participated is eagerly anticipating next year, when they hope to return to Alphaville and compete against other teams again.