All too often colleges and universities are viewed in the security community as weak links that are easily exploited by those intent on causing harm or disruption to networks connected to the Internet. As such, they are often viewed as Internet pariahs, outcasts on the Internet not conforming to the accepted rules of behavior in terms of securing their infrastructures. This does not have to be the case, however, and colleges and universities can actually become community leaders in security. This paper discusses how an academic institution can take a prominent role in the community through leadership in a community cyber security exercise. The paper describes the Dark Screen exercise conducted in San Antonio, Texas and the university’s role in conducting this and other exercises.