Embedded Security Challenge ’17

Embedded Security Challenge

Blue Teams design 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.


July 1, 2017
Registrations Open

July 1, 2017
Prelims open

September 8, 2017 *Extended September 25, 2017  11:59:58 EDT
Registration closes

September 18, 2017
Prelims close

September 25, 2017
Finalists Announced by

November 9-11, 2017
Finals onsite at CSAW NYUAD


1st Place

5,000 AED grant award per team.

Acceptance into the Post Practical Training Program (PPTP),
an undergraduate training program to take place in Summer 2018 with the Center for Cyber Security in Abu Dhabi. All expenses to be paid for by CCS-AD.

2nd Place

2,500 AED grant award per team

3rd Place

1,250 AED grant award per team


Automatic eligibility in the Quiz competition

Admittance to the Industry Fair and keynote speaker talk

An all expense paid trip to the finals hosted in Abu Dhabi in November 2017

For more information please contact nyuad-CSAW-HSC@nyu.edu