Cyber Crime Fighters!

The teens hacking away at NYU’s CSAW competition are quite possibly our next line of cyber defense.

The future of cyber security was in full incubation in a stuffy gymnasium on the campus of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in downtown Brooklyn on a recent blustery November day. There, representatives from companies like Yahoo and Yelp and organizations like the NSA and DARPA watched as high school and college students hacked their way through challenges like a murder mystery involving a fictitious retail store breach and a marathon Capture the Flag competition. These kids were a select group winnowed from among 20,000 worldwide semifinalists who participated online prior to the four-day annual Cyber Security Awareness Week competition.

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