More than 300 of the nation’s best and brightest converged in Downtown Brooklyn for the Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s Seventh Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week Challenge.
The students gathered in the university gym to exercise their minds by installing malware, booby-trapping devices and tampering with web applications.
The challenge included teams playing both defense and offense in a technology tug-o-war, embedding systems and capturing their opponent’s chip.
Other challenges included maliciously altering small numbers of chips in an assembly plant without being detected. But rigging the chips for alternative uses.
NYU-Poly Professor William Henry told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that the school has become tops in the field of cyber security. Henry added, “computer security students are the best paid and most sought-after graduates.”
At the event the National Security Agency had set up a table to observe the competition. On the front there was a sign that red “no pictures.”