Dan Guido from the Information Systems and Internet Security Lab at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU wrote in about the Institute’s 5th annual Cyber Security Awareness Week. If you’re in high-school or a college undergraduate program, this is a great opportunity to test your infosec skills against your peers, and hopefully earn a little prize money in the process.

ISIS Lab is organizing NYU-Poly’s 5th annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) where students can compete and win prizes in a variety of information security challenges. There will be door prizes, raffles for participating, and bonus prizes for undergrad and high school participants. Qualified finalists will receive a travel scholarship to attend the awards ceremony in New York City.

There are a number of events, including an application security “capture the flag” challenge, a security quiz which covers everything from cryptography to risk management, and a 5-day forensics puzzle. There’s even an embedded systems challenge where teams are tasked with trying to find hardware and software bugs in a mock control system.

This looks like a lot of fun. Some of the contest materials become available at the beginning of September, so sign up soon if you’re interested in participating.

Cyber Security Awareness Week 2008