Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) 2013

Conference / Symposium
For NYU Community


CSAW Day-by-Day: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

THREADS Conference

Researchers and cyber security professionals will get a rare glimpse into top cyber security measures that hackers developed for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The conference will present the work of participants in DARPA’s Cyber Fast Track program headed by prominent hacker Peiter "Mudge" Zatko. THREADS will provide timely results to protect hardware, software, embedded devices, medical equipment, machine learning, mobile devices, and network security, and to reduce overall vulnerability. Some of the world’s most prolific researchers will discuss the state of the art in automated vulnerability discovery and exploitation during the closing panel discussion.

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14
9 a.m. – Keynote by Peiter "Mudge" Zatko of Google-Motorola, former DARPA program manager and lead for Cyber Fast Track
4:30 p.m.—Panel discussion: Some of the nation’s most prolific researchers discuss the latest in automated vulnerability discovery and exploitation
WHO: Visit for a full listing of the dozen presentations; each speaker will be available for interviews before and after his speech
Dan Guido and Dino Dai Zovi, security professionals and NYU-Poly Hackers in Residence
Journalist credentials are required for THREADS. Contact:


WHEN:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHAT: CSAW’s famous spider will begin its crawl up the front of 5 MetroTech Center to mark the opening of the 10th year of the contests, which have grown to become the largest set of student cyber security contests in the world.  Animation was created by Professor Mark Skwarek and student Joseph Xin of NYU-Poly’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab.

WHEN: The signature event of CSAW–the Capture the Flag Applications Security Contest (CTF)–begins at 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at 6 MetroTech; this is an ideal time for journalists to interview student finalists before they begin their non-stop 32-hour competition.

WHEN:  7:15 -8:00 p.m. Nov. 14
WHO: DARPA Program Manager Mike Walker keynotes opening of CSAW for all student finalists, mentors and judges: “Could a Purpose-built Supercomputer Play DEFCON Capture the Flag?” He will outline DARPA’s Grand Cyber Challenge, in which teams will compete for a $2 million prize in the first-ever tournament for fully automatic network defense systems

CSAW Day-by-Day: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

WHEN: CTF hacking competition continues all day (Best time to interview students is during their lunch, 1-2 p.m.; top professionals serving as judges are available all day)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – High School Digital Forensics Competition (best time for journalists to interview students is during their lunch, noon – 1 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.—World-leading, published Ph.D. candidates present in Best Applied Security Paper Competition, and cutting-edge hardware hacking and detection demonstrated during the Embedded Systems Security Contest. (best time to interview students is 1 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.—Career fair; interviews available with career counselors, recruiters, students (best time for interviews is lunchtime). 20+ recruiting companies on hand including Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sandia National Laboratories
6 – 7 p.m.—Dinner and speech by Neil Hershfield, U.S. Department of Homeland Security: "Reducing Risks to Industrial Control Systems in U. S. Critical Infrastructure"
WHO: Others available throughout the day: Nasir Memon, CSAW’s founder and head of NYU-Poly’s computer science & engineering department; NYU-Poly cybersecurity students who organized CSAW and weekly hacking classes for NY-area students; judges/mentors/experts on cybersecurity topics, including 20+ sponsors and recruiters on shortage of cybersecurity talent and career opportunities

CSAW Day-by-Day: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

WHEN: 9 a.m.—32 hours of CTF hacking contest concludes
10:15 – 11:15—Department of Homeland Security Quiz Finals
11:15 – 11:30—Awareness Competition video and web finalists presented
11:30 – 1 p.m.—Closing keynote by CTF player and organizer extraordinaire Jordan Wiens, Raytheon SI, on the importance of CTFs. Awards ceremony follows.

For more information on CSAW, visit
For more information on DARPA’s Grand Cyber Challenge, visit