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global conference agenda

The CSAW'21 Cybersecurity Games & Conference will be hosted on the Gather.town platform hosted by Virtual Chair. This is a fully virtual event for all global regions. 

  • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is welcome to attend this free event. 

  • Registration is required.

  • Attendees must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct before registering. 

  • Updates will be made throughout September and October; this agenda is subject to change. 

  • All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time Time Zone Converter

  • Competition Finalists have a different registration process accessible here

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

all times in Eastern Standard Time 

2:00 am | CSAW'21 Platform Opens
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3:00 - 5:30 am | Auditorium | Europe Applied Research Competition Presentations & Judge Q&A
Presentations from the finalist authors. 
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All Day | Industry Fair RoomIndustry Fair 
Visit sponsor & partner booths to learn about jobs, internships, programs, and services. A schedule of when representatives will be available will be posted in advance. 
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All Day | Poster Room | Research Poster Previews
Visit research competition posters on your own schedule. 
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10:00 am - 11:00 am | Competition Room A | Hack3D Challenge Check-in  
Finalist teams can ask questions to the organizers. Private event. 
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10:00 am - 11:15 am | Lobby | Platform Tours | Every 15 minutes, meet at the Info Desk
Opportunity for attendees to tour the virtual space and to become familiar with the navigation and functionality.
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11:30 am Auditorium | Welcome Address
Opening remarks from the global conference director, Professor Ramesh Karri, along with greetings from the global CSAW faculty directors. 
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12:00 - 12:45 pm | Auditorium | Opening Keynote 
Dr. Martin Otto, Head of Cybersecurity Research Group, Siemens Technology
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1:15 - 1:45 pm | Auditorium | IC Layout Security 
Johann Knechtel, Research Scientist with the Design for Excellence Lab, NYU Abu Dhabi

Securing modern electronics is an important but tough challenge that requires efforts all the way from software applications down to the hardware. For the design, manufacturing, and deployment of integrated circuits (ICs), there are numerous companies and partners involved
within complex and world-wide supply chains; ICs run through many hands, and some of
those may be acting with malicious intent. IC layout security is the idea of proactively hardening the IC design by security engineers, such that adversarial activities later on become hindered. This talk will provide an introduction on the topic, with background on hardware security and related challenges. We will outline some aspects to be handled for IC layout security and provide pointers for those interested in becoming involved in this timely topic.

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2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | AuditoriumChallenges and Potential for Security in NextG Wireless Systems
Panel Moderators:
Siddharth Garg, Institute Associate Professor of ECE, NYU Tandon 
Sundeep Rangan, Professor of ECE and Associate Director, NYU Wireless, NYU Tandon


Cellular wireless systems have become critical in every aspect of our lives. The next generation of networks (NextG, meaning 5G and beyond) are expected to enable a plethora of new services from connecting billions of embedded systems, enabling new massive data rate applications, and providing real-time cloud, data and AI connectivity everywhere.  To deliver these services, NextG networks ar introducing powerful technologies including transmissions in the millimeter wave and THz frequencies; new spectrum sharing models; distributed core and radio access networks; mobile edge computing; network function virtualization; integration of pervasive sensing; and data collection for AI, to name a few. These technologies offer the potential for significantly enhanced capabilities, but they also expose the network to significant security risks including new opportunities for massive scale denial of service (DoS) attacks, man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, hardware and software Trojans, resource mis-usage, data breaches, and attacks launched from within the network or edge cloud itself.

To address these pressing security issues, this panel  brings experts from industry, academia and government to discuss the security of our vital future communications infrastructure.  What are the threats in NextG systems?  How do we detect and adapt to attacks? How do we isolate diverse services while maintaining efficient resource usage? How do we exploit data while maintaining privacy?  More generally, how do we build NextG networks that are both secure and deliver the incredible potential of connectivity.  The event will be jointly hosted by NYU WIRELESS and the NYU Center for Cyber Security.


3:30 pm | Auditorium | C2 Security Workshop Series | Talk to be announced
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5:00 pm | Auditorium | Cyber Journalism Award honoring Dina Temple-Raston

Please join us in honoring the winner of this year's Cyber Journalism Award -- Dina Temple-Raston -- with a discussion of her article, A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack (NPR, April 2021)
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6:00 pm | Lobby | Competition Meet Ups 
Opportunity for competition finalists to meet and chat with the competition organizers. Competitions and exact meet up points to be announced. 

Thursday, 11 November 2021 

all times in Eastern Standard Time 

All Day | Industry Fair 
Visit sponsor & partner booths to learn about jobs, internships, programs, and services. A schedule of when representatives will be available will be posted in advance. 
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All Day | Poster Room | Research Poster Previews 
Visit research competition posters on your own
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To be Scheduled | Competition & Poster Rooms | Competition Dry Runs
Finalists and organizers can walk through the virtual space and practice using platform functionality in advance of final presentations.

Friday, 12 November 2021 

all times in Eastern Standard Time 

All Day | Industry Fair 
Visit sponsor & partner booths to learn about jobs, internships, programs, and services. A schedule of when representatives will be available will be posted in advance. 
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TBA | Room Location TBD | India Embedded Security Challenge PresentationsPresentations from the finalist teams. 
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TBA | Room Location TBD | MENA Applied Research Competition Presentations
Presentations from the finalist authors. 
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3:00 - 5:00 am | Competition Room B | Europe Embedded Security Challenge Presentations
Presentations from the finalist teams with audience Q&A
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5:15 am - 7:00 am | Poster Room | Europe Embedded Security Challenge Judge Q&A
Judge Q&A with finalist teams. Attendees are welcome to visit poster carpets and chat with teams about their research in between judging sessions. 
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Off Platform | Mexico Cyber Security Challenge for High School
Forensics competition for high school students in Mexico, organized by Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City. 
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8:00 am - 9:30 am | Competition Room B | Europe Embedded Security Challenge Live Challenge 
Teams should meet with organizers for an update, and then the challenge can be solved off-line. This is a closed event. 
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9:30 - 11:30 am | Competition Room A | US & MENA Embedded Security Challenge Presentations
Presentations from the finalist teams. Open to all CSAW attendees.
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10:00 - 11:05 am | Competition Room C | Global Logic Locking Conquest Presentations 
Public presentations from the six (6) finalist teams. Open to all CSAW attendees. 
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Competition Room D | Global Hack 3D Presentations & Judge Q&A 
Public presentations from the 6 finalist teams and judge Q&A. Open to all CSAW attendees. 
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Industry Fair | Meet the OSIRIS Lab
Come chat with members of the OSIRIS Lab, developers of CSAW CTF
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11:30 amAuditorium | Europe ARC & ESC Award Ceremony 
Ceremony to honor finalists and winners of the Europe Applied Research Competition & the Embedded Security Challenge. 
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11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Poster Room | US & MENA Embedded Security Challenge Judge Q&A
Judge Q&A with finalist teams. Attendees are welcome to visit poster carpets and chat with teams about their research in between judging sessions. 
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11:15 am - 12:05 pm | Poster Room | Global Logic Locking Conquest Judge Q&A
Judge Q&A with finalist teams. Attendees are welcome to visit poster carpets and chat with teams about their research in between judging sessions. 
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1:00 - 3:30 pm | Poster Room | US-Canada Applied Research Competition Poster Presentations & Judge Q&A 
Private judging sessions for the top 10 papers. Attendees are welcome to visit poster carpets and chat with authors about their research in between judging sessions. 
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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Competition Room A | US & MENA Embedded Security Challenge Live Challenge
Teams should meet with organizers for an update, and then the challenge can be solved off-line. This is a closed event. 
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1:00 - 5:00 pm | Competition Room B | Global Policy Competition Presentations
Public presentations from the 5 finalist teams and judge Q&A. Open to all CSAW attendees. 

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2:00 pm | Off Platform | MENA & Europe Capture the Flag Finals Start | Public Scoreboard
36-hour Capture the Flag Finals for finalist teams from MENA and Europe regions. 
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5:30 - 7:00 pm | Auditorium | US-Canada & Global Competition Award Ceremony 
Ceremony to honor finalists and winners of US-Canada Applied Research Competition, Policy Competition, Hack3D, Logic Locking, and US-Canada-MENA Embedded Security Challenge. 
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9:00 pm | Off Platform | India, Mexico, & US-Canada Capture The Flag Finals Start | Public Scoreboard
36-hour Capture the Flag Finals for finalist teams from India, Mexico, and US-Canada regions.
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TBAAuditorium | India Award Ceremony 
Ceremony to honor finalists and winners of the India Embedded Security Challenge. 
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TBAAuditorium | MENA Award Ceremony 
Ceremony to honor finalists and winners of the MENA Applied Research Competition
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Saturday, 13 November 2021 

All Day | Off Platform | Capture the Flag Finals continues | Public Scoreboard
Capture the Flag Finals for all finalist teams across all global regions. 
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Sunday, 14 November 2021 

all times in Eastern Standard Time 

2:00 am | Off Platform |  MENA & Europe CTF Finals Ends  | Public Scoreboard
Capture the Flag ends for finalist teams in MENA and Europe regions. 
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9:00 am | Off Platform | India, Mexico & US-Canada CTF Finals Ends | Public Scoreboard
Capture the Flag ends for finalist teams in India, Mexico & US-Canada regions. 
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9:30 am Auditorium | CTF Award Ceremony 
Ceremony to honor finalists and winners of Capture the Flag across all regions.