In the Embedded Security Challenge (ESC), a Blue Team designs a target system. A Red Teams try to hack it.

A team of security experts from NYU Tandon School of Engineering competes with participating universities using a red team/blue team approach to mimic real-world attacks. Contestants must exploit the weaknesses of a target system, assess the effectiveness of their hardware security techniques, identify vulnerabilities and implement effective defense mechanisms. 

ESC is an educational, research-oriented tournament aimed at hacking into the hardware of embedded systems. In fact, it's the oldest hardware security competition in the world.

All competition details and instructions regarding the submission process can be found on the ESC's Github repository, launching spring 2018. 

ESC is organized by The MoMA Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi. 

Participating Regions

  • CSAW Europe - INP-Grenoble Esisar
  • CSAW India - IIT Kanpur
  • CSAW North America - NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

More regions may be added soon!


*Additional deadlines to be announced when registration opens 

Early June 2018: Registration Opens & Competition Details published 

8 - 10 November 2018: In-person Final demonstrations 

2017 ESC Github

Take a look at the ESC Github page for more information.


Students and faculty leading ESC development.

Meet the experts who will be judging ESC.

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

See the CSAW'17 ESC finalists.

Winners of CSAW'17 Embedded Security.