NYU-Poly CSAW High School Forensics Competition

High School Cyber Forensics Challenge
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Registration is now OPEN
Challenge Begins: Wednesday September 21, 2011
Challenge Submission Deadline: Monday October 24, 2011 @ 5:00PM EST
Finalists announced: Friday, October 28, 2011
Finals in NYC: Thursday November 10-11, 2011Tonight, the cast of The ISIS Shore was scheduled to gather at the Poly Auditorium to announce Season 4 of their hit reality show. The series follows the lives of four housemates spending their summers at the ISIS Shore. This cultural phenomenon has given the old Gowanus Canal a new name, amid some controversy that took place over the past few seasons. You are a new Detective with New Poly City’s Cyber Crime Division and it’s your first day on the job. With a little luck and your handy toolkit, you’re sure to start your career with a bang! At 6pm, you were called to a gruesome scene that involved the notorious cast. Use your knowledge, wit, and good old-fashioned forensics skills to solve the crime.

We invite you to recruit a teacher/mentor and a team of one to three motivated students to participate in our 2011 High School Cyber Forensics Challenge during CSAW. Students will discover the fascinating world of cybersecurity such as mobile device forensics, log and file analysis, rootkit detection and analysis, botnet detection and analysis, live system forensics, Steganography and file carving. Your school’s team will battle against other elite teams – and the clock – as they solve this fast-paced mystery.

This preliminary challenge takes place remotely over the Internet. Twelve teams of finalists will be brought to NYC with their faculty mentors to compete in the finals competition and awards ceremony on November 10th-11th. The cost of the trip is covered by the competition. The challenge begins on September 21st and submissions will be due on October 24th. In order to participate, students must register online. Note that the teacher/mentor contact information is required to complete the application.

Prizes, Travel Grants and Scholarships
12 finalist teams will be flown to NYC for the final competition $7,000 Undergraduate scholarships for all finalists who attend NYU-Poly.

The winning team’s science department will receive:
1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $2,000
3rd place: $1,000

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Winning Undergraduate teams will receive the following Scholarship prizes:
1st place: $14,000
2nd place: $12,000
3rd place: $9,000

Focus Areas:

Mobile Phone Forensics
Static Memory Analysis
Hard Drive Analysis
File System Analysis
Steganography (Network, Image, Audio, Text)
Database Forensics
PCAP File Analysis
Rootkit detection
BotNet detection
Digital Image Analysis
Reverse Engineering

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