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Heather Fetty works with members of the West Virginia National Guard

Real-world experience in virtual safety gives students cybersecurity skills via Department of Defense partnership

At a U.S. Army base command center, a computer beeps and displays a warning: the power has gone down in one corner of the base. Cybersecurity experts jump into action. They ensure critical systems are on backup generators as they search for the reason for the outage. One of them points to her screen and calls out that the power grid’s information system has been compromised—a cyber attack is likely underway.