NYU Names Finalists for High School Cyber-Games
More than 20 teams of high school students in the United States and the United Arab Emirates have won coveted slots to compete in the world’s largest set of student-led cybersecurity contests, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) games.
For the first time, the final round of the High School Forensics Challenge (HSF) will be held simultaneously at NYU Tandon in Downtown Brooklyn and at NYU Abu Dhabi. At the HSF finals, teams of high school students will attempt to solve a fictitious murder mystery by identifying and analyzing electronic evidence pointing to the perpetrator.
“We originally conceived of the CSAW High School Forensics competition as a means to engage students at a young age in an exciting area of computer science,” said Nasir Memon, NYU CSAW founder and professor in the NYU School of Engineering Department of Computer Science and Engineering. “That’s why we scaled up our outreach last year through open-source education and a contest format similar to Capture the Flag. The initiative has proved very successful.”
The HSF finalists in the US regionals will be awarded a scholarship (contingent on admission to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and maintenance of satisfactory academic progress) and will receive cash prizes for their high schools provided by a grant from the US National Security Agency. NYU Abu Dhabi HSF winners will receive scholarships and travel to various summer educational programs, and university letters of recommendation.
In the US, the HSF Challenge preliminaries were divided into four regions, with the top-performing teams from the Midwest, West, South and Northeast earning prizes to travel to NYU Tandon in Brooklyn to compete in the finals. Additionally, seven wildcard teams were invited based on their outstanding scores. The CSAW finalists from the United Arab Emirates were not selected by region but were the highest scoring teams.
US Regional Finalists:
- FailSec — Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
- 1064CBread — Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara, California
- Transcendent Gluten-Free Pudding — Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Maryland
- TheePotato — Thomas Jefferson High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
US Wildcard Finalists:
- Farm Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Finger —Poolesville High School
- Flaming Pandas — Suncoast Community High School, Riviera Beach, Florida
- in/s/ane — Stuyvesant High School, New York City
- µ's — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
- n0de — Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland
- Darkside — Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland
- wacode — Westford Academy, Westford, Massachusetts
- Crypto Crew — Abu Dhabi Secondary School, Abu Dhabi
- The 404s — Greenwood International School, Dubai
- Pirates Party — Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi
- Pwn Shadows — Applied Technology School, Fujairah
- Spectres — Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi
- Striking Slayers — Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi
- Cyber hackers — Applied Technology School, Fujairah
- SKW — Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
- Diablo — Applied Technology High School, Fujairah
- TheSeCaTech — Delhi Private School, Dubai
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) will simultaneously host other CSAW contests for the India-wide finals. Together, the three regional CSAW hubs will bring hundreds of high school and collegiate finalists, mentors, recruiters, cybersecurity professionals, and top academics to the 13th annual CSAW, November 10-12.
Besides honing the skills of young enthusiasts, the HSF Challenge introduces high school-age novices to the cybersecurity field through an online education program featuring free CyFor self-guided education modules and a series of webinars, both of which were developed by NYU cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate students and mentors. The preliminaries employed a series of fast-paced challenges similar to the CSAW Capture the Flag contest.
Sponsors for CSAW 2016 are: Gold Level — Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro and US Department of Homeland Security; Silver Level — Bridgewater, Google, IBM and Kroll; Bronze Level — Facebook, Jefferies, Navy Civilian Careers, NCC Group and Raytheon; Supporting Level — Bloomberg, Cubic, EY, Intel, National Security Agency, Optiv, The Ruth & Jerome A. Siegel Foundation, Sandia National Laboratories and US Secret Service; Contributing Level — ACSA, Altera and Cigital.
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Source: Information Security Magazine