HSF is now RED.

Formerly the High School Forensics Challenge, this competition has been redesigned as a two-part red team investigation for high school students. 

The online Qualification Round will primarily focus on reconnaissance, penetration testing, and investigation of a target organization. Challenges are designed to encourage learning and skill-building. 

During in-person Finals, high school teams will be tasked with infiltrating and analyzing the findings of the operation without getting caught. Students will need to apply skills related to forensics, cryptography, reverse engineering, exploitation, and social engineering. 

Participating Regions

Please refer to the Rules & Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements within each global region. 

  • CSAW Europe hosted by INP Grenoble - Esisar for high school students in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
  • CSAW MENA hosted by SUP'COM for high school students in Tunisia 
  • CSAW México hosted by University Iberoamericana Mexico City for high school students in Mexico  
  • CSAW US-Canada hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering for high school students in the United States 


18 May 2018: Registration is open

June 2018: CSAW 365, online challenge repository launches 

21 - 30 September 2018: Online Qualification Round

By 5 October 2018: initial outreach to finalist teams 

By 13 October 2018: official announcement of Finalists  

8 - 10 November 2018: Final Round in-person at participating regions  


Check out the Red Team competition online qualification round scoreboard.


Students and faculty leading RED development.

Prize money, scholarships, and more.

Competition details, rules, and regional eligibility

Check out the plot of last year's RED Competition.

Meet the experts who will be judging RED.

Finalists of CSAW'18 RED Team Competition

The RED Team winners of CSAW'18.