Student Cybersecurity Games to teach high school students digital forensics

New York University Cyber Security Awareness Week (NYU CSAW) organizers said they will re-engineer the High School Forensics Challenge to introduce thousands of young investigators to the field of information security.

For the first time this September, the preliminary round will adopt a fast-paced format borrowed from the iconic NYU CSAW Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking contest that attracts tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

The CTF and the digital forensics challenge are just two of the six contests that will bring hundreds of high school and collegiate finalists, their mentors, recruiters, and top academics and professionals to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn for the 12th annual NYU CSAW November 12-14, 2015.

To introduce novice high school students to the skills they will need, NYU cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate students worked with mentors to develop self-guided online education modules, and they will offer real-time guidance through webinars.

Winners from every state will be recognized, and 10 high school student teams from across America will win trips to New York where they will join hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students competing for the final round of NYU CSAW.

More than USD450,000 will be awarded in scholarships for high school finalists alone, plus cash prizes for university winners. In addition, all finalists interact with some of the top students as well as recognized professionals and academics.

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.