BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After 72 grueling hours of worldwide competition from 82 countries, 15 student teams will progress to the final round of one of the biggest Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competitions, part of the 10th annual Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). For the first time, a high school team scored so highly that the judges invited its members to join the heretofore all-undergraduate final round.
The NYU-Poly CSAW CTF is a competition designed to test the application security skills of students interested in computer security, but the preliminary round is open to all - and competitors include professionals as well as students. Working in teams, CTF competitors mounted attacks on vulnerable applications and solved offense challenges in their quest to earn the most points, or "flags," and qualify for cash prizes up to $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for the CSAW finals on November 14-16, 2013. Only teams from the United States and Canada are eligible to compete in the final round, which will award cash prizes and scholarships.
While many of this year's finalists are returning from schools with strong cyber security programs that competed last year, there were a few surprises, including the team from Dos Pueblos High School inGoleta, Calif., and a rare single-person team from Carnegie Melon University.
The winning student teams are:
1st ) EpicPhail - Northeastern University and University of California, Santa Barbara
Amat Insa Cama, Junior
Jake Corina, Sophmore
Gregory Michael Price, Freshman
Joseph Kurien, Senior
2nd ) PPP1 - Carnegie Mellon University
Maxime Serrano, Junior
Ryan Goulden, Junior
Lawrence Jackson, Senior
Chris Williamson, Junior
3rd ) DCI-ETS - Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Montreal
Olivier Arteau, Junior
Israel Halle, Junior
Felix Cloutier, Junior
Mathieu Binette, Junior
4th ) CISSP Groupies - Ecole de Technologie Superieure
9th ) Delusions of Grandeur - United States Air Force Academy
Keane Lucas, Senior
Kevin Cooper, Junior
Bill Parks, Junior
Zach Madison, Junior
10th ) RPISEC - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Markus Gaasedelen, Junior
Patrick Biernat, Sophmore
Austin Ralls, Freshman
Andrew Fasano, Senior
11th ) 1064CBread - Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, Calif.
Andrew Dutcher, Senior
Alex Meiburg, Senior
Charlie Green, Senior
John Grosen, Sophomore
12th ) Knightsec - University of Central Florida
Grant Hernandez, Junior
Mark Ignacio, Junior
Ditmar Wendt, Junior
Jonathan Singer, Senior
13th ) Mad Hatters - Georgia Institute of Technology
Kennon Bittick, Junior
Nick Johnson, Junior
Robert Grosse, Senior
Eric Zhang, Sophomore
14th ) Nullify - University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ryan Grandgenett, Senior
Darek Jensen, Junior
Mike George, Junior
Spencer McClain, Senior
15th ) Bits for Everyone - United States Military Academy
Benjamin Allison, Senior
Christian Sharpsten, Senior
Daniel Ford, Senior
Jessie Lass, Sophmore
For the fourth year in a row, participation in this year's NYU-Poly CSAW CTF doubled, to 13,524 competitors playing on 1,387 teams serious enough to score points. During the 72 hours of the preliminary competition Sept. 19-22, the website received more than 3 million hits from competitors and fans.
"The doubling of entrants again this year is a sign that more students are being drawn to the excitement of computer security," said Nasir Memon, founder of CSAW and head of its Computer Science and Engineering Department. "Society is facing a critical shortage of cyber security professionals, and events like CSAW are essential to the effort of nurturing talent and building an important workforce of the future."
CSAW is one of the world's leading cyber security education events. The three-day CSAW finals, held November 14-16, 2013, will draw hundreds of the world's most promising cyber security students and leading practitioners to NYU-Poly's Brooklyn campus. The challenges are led by NYU-Poly cyber security students and created with help from security professionals and academics.
In addition to CTF, other games include the High School Forensics Competition, a digital murder-mystery game; the Embedded Systems Competition, an advanced round of play to discover and exploit hardware vulnerabilities; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Security Quiz, a trivia game open to all students during the CSAW finals; a competition to find the best published student cyber security research; and a contest in which students design interactive web experiences to emphasize the importance of cyber security awareness.
The THREADS security conference will open the CSAW events and bring to campus top cyber security researchers to explain measures they developed for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It is open to students and professionals. All cyber security students in the region are invited to participate in a career fair that is also part of CSAW.
NYU-Poly was one of the first universities to introduce a cyber security program, and is designated as both a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research by the National Security Agency. The Sloan Consortium, an affiliation of educators and institutions dedicated to quality online education, named NYU-Poly's virtual graduate cyber security program the Outstanding Online Program of 2011. The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), a cutting-edge research collaboration of NYU-Poly and other NYU schools, re-examines the entire cyber security paradigm to integrate technology with broader issues such as human psychology, business, public policies and law. CSAW is hosted by NYU-Poly's Information Systems and Security Laboratory (ISIS Lab).
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is a gold sponsor of CSAW, and Facebook and Qualcomm provide support at the bronze level. To date, 22 companies have provided generous funding for the educational goals of NYU-Poly's CSAW.
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Polytechnic University, now widely known as NYU-Poly) is an affiliated institute of New York University, and will become its School of Engineering in January 2014. NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation's second-oldest private engineering school. It is presently a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a 159-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. It remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovatively extending the benefits of science, engineering, management and liberal studies to critical real-world opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health and wellness, and the global information economy. In addition to its programs on the main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it offers programs around the globe remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is closely connected to engineering in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and to the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) also at MetroTech, while operating two incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.poly.edu.
SOURCE Polytechnic Institute of New York University