High School Cyber Forensics Challenge
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About the Contest
Will be announced shortly
CSAW 2008 Winners
||John Jay (CUNY)
Registration Opens : August 15th 00:00 Hrs
Registration Ends: October 2nd
Detailed description and hints posted: October 10th
Submission deadline: October 25th
Award Ceremony: November 12th
The judges will rate participants in the following categories:
time taken to solve the mystery, and the amount of the story that
is fully described, ingenuity in solving the challenges. Any hints
used by the participants will count slightly against their total
score. Frequently Asked Questions
CSAW 2008 Forensics challenge jury of judges included
Chief judge: Richard M. Bejtlich, Director of Incident Response at General Electric
Richard Bejtlich is Director of Incident Response for General Electric.
Prior to joining GE, Richard operated TaoSecurity LLC as an independent
consultant, protected national security interests for ManTech Corporation's
Computer Forensics and Intrusion Analysis division, investigated intrusions
as part of Foundstone's incident response team, and monitored client
networks for Ball Corporation. Richard began his digital security career
as a military intelligence officer at the Air Force Computer Emergency
Response Team (AFCERT), Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC), and
Air Intelligence Agency (AIA). Richard is a graduate of Harvard University
and the United States Air Force Academy. He wrote "The Tao of Network
Security Monitoring" and "Extrusion Detection," and co-authored "Real
Digital Forensics." He also writes for his blog (taosecurity.blogspot.com)
and SearchSecurity.com, and teaches for Black Hat.
- Yalkin Demirkaya, CEO of Cyber Diligience
Mr. Demirkaya holds a B.S. in Police Science with a Criminology minor and an M.A. in Criminal Justice with a Computer Science concentration.
He has twenty years of law enforcement experience as a Detective Investigator, as well as, a Detective Squad Commander.
He is Certified by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) as Information Security Assessor and is a Certified Computer Forensics Examiner.
- Anthony Reyes, CEO of The ARC Group
Mr. Reyes is an internationally recognized practitioner, trainer, and lecturer in the area of computer crimes, fraud, and highly technical investigations. Topics include cyber crimes and fraud investigations, intellectual property theft, computer forensics, network forensics, electronic discovery, cyber terrorism, network security, data encryption, steganography, and malware detection.
Each finalist will receive a travel grant to offset the cost of attending the awards ceremony, where the first-, second-, and third-place place winners will be announced, along with possible bonus prize winners.
Finalists must be present at the awards ceremony to redeem their prizes.
A list of common questions can be found here: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any addtional questions about the contest, feel free to e-mail
You may participate as an individual or a team. This contest can be done remotely, however, all finalists are required
to attend the award ceremony on November 12th at Polytechnic Institute of NYU where the prize winners will be announced.
Students who need to travel more than 100 miles will be given a lump-sum scholarship to offset their travel costs.
In order to successfully compete in the competition, participants must:
Register on the CSAW 2009 website.
Clearly identify yourself by including your full name, e-mail address and school name when submitting.
Submit a report of between 1000 and 3000 words in PDF or ASCII
documenting your findings and the techniques that you employed.
Do not include your name or other identifying information in the document that you submit.
Submit report by October 25th, 2009 at 11:59 PM.
All judges' decisions are final.
Entries become the property of Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
Finalists must attend the awards ceremony to redeem any prizes they are entitled.