Cybersecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) 365
Cybersecurity Challenges Created by Industry
The cybersecurity realm is comprised of a rich ecosystem of defensive strategies, offensive techniques, and academic research. Yet many cybersecurity education solutions today attempt to educate using a singular perspective of academia, offense, or defense. NYU Tandon School of Engineering is developing a unique system allowing students to learn the essence of all three of these perspectives.
By combining years of offensive security challenges from our famous CSAW competitions, students will gain the ability to approach problems from an attacker’s perspective and understand how vulnerabilities can manifest themselves in applications. Students will be exposed to concepts like black box testing, exploit development, and source code review through these challenges combined with completely new problem sets.
Using a completely re-engineered Vital Platform (popularly known as VLab) students will be able to send and receive malicious traffic within an isolated, simulated environment. Students will learn how real-world attacks are conducted and also how to properly defend applications running in their network against live attack. Students will also be allowed to bring their own computer into the environment to provide additional realism.
In addition, the system will present lecture content and cutting-edge research from NYU’s set of cybersecurity-focused processors and research laboratories. Students will learn how this research directly influences their lives and how this research influences the security community at large.