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Cyber security awareness week

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NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & IIT Kanpur come together for Cyber Security Awareness Week 2016, with competitions, networking opportunities and scholarships and cash prizes.

 Registration and preliminary rounds dates: August and September

Finals dates: November 10-12, 2016

Locations: IIT Kanpur, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Tandon

Open to all [high schools to PhD holders]

Registration link:

Join forces to beat cyber security threats at the world’s largest student-run cyber security event happening simultaneously at NYUAD, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & IIT Kanpur in November 2016.

The competitions designed as part of Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), will challenge your knowledge of every aspect of information security – from hardware and software penetration testing and protection to digital forensics and government policy.

This year the best students from India, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States will earn travel awards to participate in the final rounds.

The Competitions

This year, CSAW will include:

1. Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competition

See where you stand amidst 10,000 remote players and compete against amateurs of all ages in the September remote round. Only the best undergraduate teams qualify for the 30-hour-long marathon of the final round.

Level: Entry to mid level, with finals known to be difficult

2. High School Forensics

If you enjoy solving puzzles, this is the competition for you – you get to solve a murder mystery. Great for newcomers, this online, self-taught curriculum will help.

Level: Entry

3. Embedded Security Challenge

In the world’s oldest hardware hacking contest, a Blue Team from NYU Tandon designs a target system. Everyone else – Red Teams – will hack it, to mimic real-world attacks. The finalists will present their findings to security experts in this challenging, research-oriented contest.

Level: Difficult

4. Applied Research Competition

To participate in the program, recognized as the most prestigious Best Paper Award for young researchers, doctoral students must submit papers that have already been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at conferences.

Level: Advanced Theory

5. Policy Competition

Challenging contestants to think about the big picture of law, policy, economics, and governance, this competition requires you to develop a policy paper proposing how to overcome market failures in cyber security and better protect consumer privacy and critical infrastructure.

6. Department of Homeland Security Quiz

Held during the finals, this trivia contest challenges you on technical knowledge as well as history and current events. This year, players can use their own smartphones thanks to an app written by former CSAW student team leader Kevin Chung.

7. Security: Open Source

This new, one-day workshop for professionals, organized by NYU Tandon Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, will bring open-source software authors to NYU Tandon and NYU Abu Dhabi to explain their tools.

8. Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition

Competitors will be invited to pitch commercially viable ideas for real-world security problems to potential funders.

The 2016 CSAW is supported by Gold Sponsors Palo Alto Networks and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Silver Sponsor IBM; Bronze Sponsors Navy Civilian Careers-U.S. Navy, NCC Group and Raytheon; and Supporting Sponsors Bloomberg, Cubic Corporation, and Intel.

An Unbeatable Networking Opportunity

Being part of the challenge will expose you to the leading recruiters, eager to fill what is expected to be a shortfall of 1.5 million cyber security professionals by 2020, and University admissions officers from around the world.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet top professionals who will serve as judges and get to hear experts address emerging issues.

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