NYU launches largest student hacking competition worldwide

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has opened registration for the largest set of cybersecurity competitions currently available to US students.

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The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has opened registration for a massive hacking competition which offers US students the chance to win cybersecurity-based scholarships and prizes.

Announced last week, the US college is now allowing students from high school to doctorate level to register for the hacking competitions, hosted as part of NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). Last year, over 15,000 students attended and competed in preliminary rounds in order to reach the finals in six separate competitions. This year, which is the 11th CSAW event, the winners of the preliminary hacking rounds will travel to Brooklyn, NYC to compete for scholarships and prizes.

The competition finals will take place 13 - 15 November.

Dubbed 'Capture the Flag,' the hacking event includes the testing and securing of hardware, quizzes and research submissions. In addition, new this year, students will also compete to develop the best cybersecurity public policy.

Yahoo’s chief information security officer Alex Stamos will be in attendance, and will deliver the keynote address during the Finalist Reception on November 13. Stamos's talk, "Shaping the Future: Spies, Cyber Crimes, and Your Career," will explore historical and ethical debates within the field, as well as discuss his own experiences in protecting the data of Yahoo users.

Stamos commented:

"A career in information security has never held so much promise or peril. New members of the security community have the opportunity to build systems that bring trust and innovation into the lives of billions."

Twenty institutions to date sponsor the security week, including the US Department of Homeland Security, Yahoo, Facebook, the National Security Agency (NSA), Microsoft and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

The NYU School of Engineering was one of the first universities to offer cybersecurity programs in the United States, and launched a master's degree in the subject in 2009.