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Security Quiz Rules

The information below pertains to CSAW North America. For details regarding Security Quiz in other CSAW regions, please visit those specific websites here: CSAW Europe, CSAW India, CSAW MENA

What is Security Quiz Bowl?

Security Quiz Bowl is a buzzer-based academic bowl competition. Teams face off across three rounds, being tested on a range of topics related to cyber security. For example, network security, cryptography, malware, protocols and programming, digital forensics, hardware, and popular culture.

This competition is organized by NYU student leaders as part of CSAW’17 North America. Now in it’s 14th year, CSAW is the world’s largest student-run cyber security event.

Who can participate in Security Quiz Bowl?

The CSAW'17 Security Quiz Bowl Qualification Round is open to students enrolled in either high school or college/university in Fall 2017. While not required, students are expected to have some background knowledge in computer science/engineering and security topics to be successful in this competition.

Registration is not limited to students living in New York City, but please note that this is an in-person competition. Team members are responsible for travelling to/from New York University for the Qualification round, Semi-finals, and Finals in October and November 2017. Travel Awards on not issued for Security Quiz Bowl.

Prior to registering, student teams should review the dates for each round of Security Quiz to ensure participation.

Student teams will be asked to verify their enrollment status before Qualification Rounds begin on October 9, 2017.

What are the rules concerning team formation?

Following the academic bowl tradition, teams must consist of 2 - 4 team members. Teams with only a single player are not permitted. Additionally, players are permitted to compete on only one (1) team.

What are the rules of play?

Each competition session consists of rounds that fall under two possible categories:

Toss-Up rounds (5 points): The first team who buzzes can answer. If they are correct, they gain 5 points. If they are incorrect, they lose 5 points.

Bonus rounds (3 points): If a team answers a toss-up question correctly, they can answer a follow-up question for 3 additional points. No points are lost if a bonus question is answered incorrectly.

Every question will be read out loud by the judge. On a normal (toss-up) round, any member of a team may press their buzzer to indicate that they would like to answer a question. If the judge has not finished reading the question, he will pause reading until the team spokesperson provides an answer. Should that team get the answer wrong, 5 points will be subtracted from that team, and other teams are then allowed to buzz in to answer the question, or ask the judge to finish or repeat the question. Should a team answer correctly, the team will be assigned 5 points, and the judge will read out a bonus question answerable only by that team. On answering correctly, they will receive a bonus of 3 points, otherwise the game will continue to the next toss-up round. Should no team successfully answer the question within 30 seconds, the judge will read out the correct answer and continue to the next toss-up round.

Should two teams or more teams have the same amount of points, a final toss-up round will occur to determine the winner of the session.

When are the dates for Qualification Round Sessions?

There will be six (6) Qualification Round sessions, listed below. Teams are allowed to register for one (1) session only.

  • Monday, October 9, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, NYU Tandon School of Engineering (2 concurrent sessions)
  • Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, NYU LaGuardia Co-op (541 LaGuardia Place, NY)
  • Thursday, October 12, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Friday, October 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Friday, October 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, NYU LaGuardia Co-op (541 LaGuardia Place, NY)

How do I register for a Qualification Round Session?

A link to an EventBrite registration system can be found here: csaw.engineering.nyu.edu/quiz

How are the Qualification Rounds organized?

Two (2) to four (4) teams will compete during each Qualification Round session. Each session lasts ~45 minutes (15 minutes max for practice and rules and 30 minutes for the actual quiz bowl).

A moderator from the NYU OSIRIS Lab will serve as the host, reading out questions and answers. An assistant will keep track of points.

Each Qualification Round session will have 40 questions.

How do teams qualify for Semi-Finals?

For Qualification Round sessions with three (3) to four (4) teams competing, the top 2 teams with the most points move on to Semi-Finals.

For Qualification Round sessions with only 2 (two) teams competing, the top team with the most points moves on to Semi-Finals.

In addition to teams that qualify via the sessions held at NYU in October, a select number of CSAW student finalist teams will automatically qualify for semi-finals. CSAW finalists are identified via the qualification competitions held in September. More information about these competitions can be found here:  csaw.engineering.nyu.edu.

When are the dates for the Semi-Final rounds?

There will be 6 - 8 sessions of semi-final rounds held on Thursday, November 9, from ~7:30 - 10:00 PM, at Tandon School of Engineering (Downtown Brooklyn).

How are the Semi-Final Rounds organized?

Two (2) to four (4) teams will compete during each Semi-final Round session. Each session lasts ~ 30 minutes.

A moderator associated with the NYU OSIRIS Lab will serve as the host, reading out questions and answers. An assistant will keep track of points.

Each semi-final session will have 30 questions.

How do teams qualify for Finals?

The top three (3) teams with the most points at the end of semi-finals will move on to finals.

When is the date of the Final round?

The date of the Security Quiz Bowl final is Saturday, November 11 at ~9:30 AM. It will be held on the Pfizer Auditorium stage at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

How is the Final round organized?

The top 3 teams who emerge from semi-finals will compete in finals, which will last ~ 30 minutes.

A moderator associated with the NYU OSIRIS Lab will serve as the host, reading out questions and answers. An assistant will keep track of points.

Finals will have 30 questions.

How are winners from Finals determined?

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams are determined based on total points earned during the Final session.

What prizes are awarded to the top teams at Finals?

1st place team $1,000

2nd place team $750

3rd place team $500

Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

csaw@nyu.edu

Register for Quals

Register your team for the North America Security Quiz qualification round.