FireEye IGNITES at Cyber Security Awareness Week

Cyber Security Awareness Week aka CSAW brings finalists together for one of the most challenging cyber security competitions in the world.  Teams spend countless hours throughout the year preparing for the final competition. In order to participate in CSAW, you must earn the spot amongst your peers to be a finalist. Now in it’s 10th year, the competition has grown to six fascinating challenges all focused within security. This allows for a diverse pool of talent, from High School students to PhD candidates.

NYU-Polytechnic Institute located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY hosts the student-led event each November. Undergrads at NYU-Poly’s ISIS lab start their academic year researching, organizing and leading the six security competitions, ranging from Capture the Flag (CTF), High School Forensics, Embedded Systems, PhD Research Papers, and an Onsite Security Quiz. Topics include network security, cryptography, malware, web security, application and web security.

Capture the Flag (CTF), the centerpiece of CSAW is designed to guide students through the fundamental concepts and gain practical knowledge of computer security. Our very own, Jason Bevis, Director of FireEye Labs, volunteered to judge the High School Forensics competition allowing students to apply digital forensics skills to solve  a murder mystery. This year, two new teams who ranked in the top three were coached by teachers who attended a summer training session at NYU-Poly, built to educate high school teachers on security curriculum.

As a partner with CSAW, we are impressed with the values and the awareness it brings to the community, year-round.  

NYU-Poly’s ISIS (Information Systems & Internet Security) lab released most of the CTF challenges presented at CSAW this year, for those who would like to try on their own.

For more information on CSAW, visit Follow @CSAW_NYUPoly on Twitter.

Blog post by: Brooke Anderson, Sr Technical Recruiter, FireEye University Relations Program 

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