Every year, CSAW's CTF draws thousands of teams from around the world.

Designed as an entry-level CTF, this competition requires players to integrate concepts, develop skills, and learn to hack as they go. Challenges mimic real-world scenarios modeling various computer security problems. To succeed, teams must demonstrate a profound understanding of the roles and ramifications of cyber security in these situations. Topics include Pwnable, RE, Web, Crypto, and Forensics. 

The top teams to emerge from Quals will compete on-site at one of CSAW's global reigons, vying for the coveted top three places.  

CTF is organized by members of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering OSIRIS Lab

Participation Regions

  • CSAW Europe - INP Grenoble Esisar
  • CSAW India - IIT Kanpur
  • CSAW Israel - University of Haifa & IBM Research Lab, Haifa
  • CSAW USA & Canada - NYU Tandon School of Engineering


May 2018: Registration opens soon! 

June: CSAW 365, online repository of past CTFs launches 

14 - 16 September 2018: Online Qualification Round

17 - 28 September 2018: Enrollment and team verification for potential finalists

By 13 October 2018: Finalists announced 

8 - 10 November 2018: In-person Finals 

Registration to Open Soon!

Register to participate in the CTF competition.


Students, faculty and advisors leading CTF

Competition rules, details, and regional eligibility

Practice guides + prep materials

Meet the experts who contributed challenges.

Awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

The Winners of CSAW'17 Capture the Flag.