In the High School Forensics (HSF) Challenge, contestants rack up points in a game show-style challenge that culminates in a murder mystery.

In the HSF competition, high school students work in teams to identify and analyze electronic evidence related to a crime. During the online preliminary competition,  teams choose from categories including network analysis, mobile forensics, live system forensics, steganography, file carving, and more, answering questions to earn points. The teams with the most points are flown to one of the CSAW international locations to compete onĀ­-site in the finals, where the CSAW Murder Mystery waits to be solved.


CSAW'17 Preliminary Competition: September 2017
Specific dates coming soon!
CSAW'17 Final Competition: November 9 - 11, 2017 at all participating international locations


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Students and faculty leading HSF development.

You could be awarded up to $56K in scholarship money!

Specific rules and guidelines for the HSF competition.


Frequently asked questions. Please read before entering.

Check out the plot of last year's HSF Challenge.

Meet the experts who will be judging this competition.