The NYU Center for Global Affairs, in partnership with the NYU Center for Cybersecurity, is proud to present the CSAW’21 Policy Competition. Students from various educational backgrounds who are interested in the nexus of policy and emerging technological issues are invited to think critically about major cybersecurity policy issues affecting society. The Policy Competition cultivates an environment encouraging students to impact the cyber-policy industry by presenting their ideas to leaders within the field.

2021 topics

Topic 1: Ransomware

Sub-topic A: Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

Sub-topic B: Payment Policies 

Topic 2: Cyber Attributions 

Sub-Topic A: Public Sector Attributions

Sub-Topic B: Private Sector Attributions


competition timeline

See Rules & Guidelines for full details. 

Competition Details & Registration Opens
Registration Deadline
Policy Brief Deadline
Qualification Round Presentations*
Virtual Semifinal & Final Presentations at the CSAW'21 Conference*

5 July 2021

extended to 27 September 2021

3 October 2021

5 - 9 October 2021

10 - 12 November 2021

*Presentation times to be scheduled with teams in advance

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1st Prize Team: US $1000

2nd Prize Team: US $750

3rd Prize Team: US $500


competition resources

Background Papers

Linked above under "Topics"

Policy Writing & Presentation Skills Video

Organizers will provide registered teams with a brief presentation skills and policy writing orientation video that teams can view on their own, followed by an opportunity to meet with organizers during Zoom "office hours." Registered teams will be contacted via email regarding this opportunity. 

Educational Programs

2020 competition

2020 background papers
Congratulations to our
2020 Finalists & Winners

competition organizers

The Policy Competition is organized by students from NYU's Center for Global Affairs, Tandon School of Engineering, CAS, GSAS, Wagner, and Law. Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos serves as the Policy faculty advisor. 

We are currently recruiting organizing committee members. If you are interested in joining the our team, please email csaw-policy@nyu.edu

Email the Organizers

competition supporters

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