High School Cyber Forensics Challenge

About the Competition

We invite you to recruit a teacher/mentor and a team of one to three motivated students to participate in our 2012 High School Cyber Forensics Challenge during CSAW. Students will discover the fascinating world of cybersecurity such as log and file analysis, rootkit detection and analysis, botnet detection and analysis, live system forensics, steganography, file carving and more. Your school's team will battle against other elite teams – and the clock – as they gather clues to solve this fast-paced mystery.

The challenge takes place remotely over the Internet. Eight to twelve teams of finalists will be brought to NYC with their faculty mentors to compete in the finals competition and awards ceremony. The cost of the trip is covered by the competition. In order to participate, students must register online. Note that the teacher/mentor contact information is required to complete the application.

Congratulations to the 2012 Winners!

  1. The Hash-Slinging Hackers, Hidden Valley High School, VA - Kevin Silberblatt, Sachitch Gullapalli and Baxter Wingfield
  2. Significant Bits, Red Bank Regional High School, NJ - Michael Terpak, Ryan McVeety and Alec Jasanovsky
  3. SyntaxError, High Technology High School, NJ - Austin Eng and Zachary Liu

Congratulations to the 2012 Finalists!

  • ARC, Piedmont Hills High School, CA
  • Cyber Hawks, John P. Stevens High School, NJ
  • oAo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IL
  • Peta Flops, Red Bank Regional High School, NJ
  • PHS 2 and a Half Men, Poolesville High School, MD
  • Significant Bits, Red Bank Regional High School, NJ
  • slezterP, High Technology High School, NJ
  • SyntaxError, High Technology High School, NJ
  • The Hash-Slinging Hackers, Hidden Valley High School, VA
  • Wh0 Need5 5l33p 2.0, The Brooklyn Latin School, NY

Questions?

Please email us at csaw_forensics@isis.poly.edu if you have any questions regarding HSF.

Prelimary Round Evidence Download

Download the Preliminary Round Information here. The link to download the evidence is included.

Event Registration

Registration Closed.

Important Dates and Information

  • Registration Link: Register online beginning September 10th.
  • Open to: High school teams located in the U.S. and Canada
  • Webinar: 9/18/12
  • Registration begins: 9/10/12
  • Registration deadline: 10/19/12
  • Challenge begins: 9/19/12
  • Challenge submission deadline: 10/19/12, 11:59 PM EST
  • Finalists announced: 10/26/12
  • Finals in NYC: TBD
  • Challenge captains: Joel Fernandez & Marc Budofsky
  • Questions? Email us at csaw_forensics@isis.poly.edu

Prizes and Travel Grants

The winning team’s science department will receive:

  • 1st place: $2,500
  • 2nd place: $2,000
  • 3rd place: $1,000

Winning undergraduate teams will receive the following scholarship prizes:

  • 1st place: $56,000 ($14,000/year)
  • 2nd place: $48,000 ($12,000/year)
  • 3rd place: $36,000 ($9,000/year)
  • All Finalists: $28,000 ($7,000/year)

Scholarships can only be used at the School of Engineering and for tuition purposes only, and when combined with other Poly grants and/or scholarships cannot exceed cost of tuition.

Travel grant for winners:

Winning teams of three members and thier faculty mentor will be provided with round-trip airfare to New York City and local hotel accomodations during the competition.

Webinar Information

Preliminary Round Information

  • Preliminary Round Release Date: 9/19/12
  • Registration will remain open through the final day for the preliminary round submissions, October 19.
  • Download the Preliminary Round Information here. The link to download the evidence is included.
    • We are happy to have an army of detectives trying to bring Stratoz’ murderer to justice! Additional evidence has been found and can be downloaded here.

Judges

Resources

Event FAQ

Past Winners