CSAW | About Cyber Security Awareness Week

In 2003, it was a small, local competition. Today, CSAW is preparing the nation's brightest students to shape the future of the industry.

Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) is the largest student-run cyber security event in the nation, featuring six competitions, an industry conference, workshops and an industry fair.

Every year, it brings undergrad and graduate students together with academic and professional experts to discuss the tools and techniques used by attackers and defenders throughout the field, while students of every academic level (from high school to doctoral) compete in a range of challenges designed to motivate, educate and showcase industry talent.

See the CSAW 2016 official press release here!

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CSAW is founded by Professor Nasir Memon of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The competitions are organized by undergraduate and graduate students of the Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security (OSIRIS) lab.

The Brooklyn project team includes:
  • Stef Daley | Project Manager
  • Saran Simmons | Sponsorship
  • Marguerite Dabaie | Event and Marketing Logistics
  • Amanda Morante | Graphic Designer
  • Marc Budofsky | Web Systems Administrator
The Abu Dhabi project team includes:
  • Bianca Arkeen | Project Manager
The Kanpur project team includes:
  • Nazia Irshad | Project Manager
  • Sanjiv Khosla | Coordinator
  • Swati Mittal | Graphic Design Assistant

To see this year's advisors, mentors and faculty guides, please browse our competition pages.

2016 Challenge Leads

Capture the Flag (CTF)
Christopher Thompson

Embedded Security Challenge (ESC)
Nektarios Tsoutsos

High School Forensics (HSF)
Emily Wicki

Policy Competition
Kevin Kirby

Research Competition
Kevin Gallagher

Department of Homeland Security Quiz
Linda Nguyen


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