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. Finalists compete at CSAW on-site at our four international locations (NYU Tandon, NYUAD, Grenoble-INP Esisar, and IITK). 

Details on the 2017 ESC competition coming soon! For competition details from CSAW'16, please see the ESC GitHub page.

CSAW'17 Qualification Round submission deadline: September 2017
Specific date TBD
CSAW'17 Finals: November 9 - 11, 2017 at all international locations

Students and faculty leading ESC development.

Meet the experts who will be judging ESC.