Embedded Security Challenge

A Blue Team designs a target system. Red Teams try to hack it.
A team of security experts from NYU Tandon School of Engineering competes with participating Universities using a red team/blue team approach to mimic real-world attacks. Contestants must exploit the weaknesses of a target system, assess the effectiveness of their hardware security techniques, identify vulnerabilities and implement effective defense mechanisms.  ESC is an educational, research-oriented tournament aimed at hacking into the hardware of embedded systems. In fact, it’s the oldest hardware security competition in the world. Finalists compete at CSAW on-site in Abu Dhabi before a panel of judges carefully selected from security fields.



    • Registration opens July 1
    • Prelims open August 15
    • Registration closes September 30 (EXTENDED)
    • Prelims close September 30 
    • Finalists announced by October 7
    • Finals onsite at CSAW November 10-12


5,000 AED grant award per team
Acceptance into the Post Practical Training Program (PPTP), an undergraduate training program to take place in Summer 2017 with the Center for Cyber Security in Abu Dhabi.  All expenses to be paid for by CCS-AD.

2,500 AED grant award per team

1,250 AED grant award per team

An all expense paid trip to the finals hosted in Abu Dhabi in November 2016
Admittance to the Industry Fair and keynote speaker talk
Automatic eligibility in the Quiz competition