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 a career 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.


Sneak peek
of CSAW'16.


csaw Organizers

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 project team includes:

  • Stef Daley | Project Manager
  • Saran Simmons | Sponsorship
  • Marguerite Dabaie | Event Logistics
  • Kathleen Hamilton | Public Relations Director
  • Elisabeth McCumber | Marketing Coordinator
  • Amanda Morante | Graphic Designer
  • Marc Budofsky | Web Systems Administrator

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

CSAW Press

To browse media links from publications that have featured CSAW in their news, click here.

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