Nighthawks crack NSA Codebreaker Challenge

In the National Security Agency (NSA) Codebreaker Challenge — a highly competitive, 100-day, nationwide cyber contest with 377 schools — UNG placed third, just behind Oregon State and Georgia Tech.

Eighty-one UNG students participated in the competition, which was a hands-on opportunity to develop reverse-engineering and code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA’s mission.

“We’re proud that UNG had the number of competitors to put us among the top 10 schools by participation rate, and that our students were able to do the hard work to solve the challenges to finish third,” said Dr. Bryson Payne, professor of computer science and director of the UNG Center for Cyber Operations Education.