Eight Midshipmen from the Information Warfare Group competed in the final round of New York University’s Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) policy competition, the newest event in the largest student-run cyber security conference in the nation.
Two of the three USNA teams attending finished second and third. All USNA teams finished in the top five nationally.
Each team had to draft a detailed policy paper addressing security issues involving the Internet of Things (networked household appliances such as refrigerators, thermostats, and security systems.)
Subsequently, the teams gave a detailed presentation to a distinguished panel of judges drawn from academia, government, and private industry and fielded detailed questions regarding their policy proposals.
Information Warfare Group Participants at the NY Public Library
Here are the final results.
First Place: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Team [REDACTED]
Second Place: United States Naval Academy Team FrostByte (Midshipman 1st Class Xisen Tian and Midshipmen 3rd Class Naadia Puri and Nico Shyne)
Third Place: United States Naval Academy TeamUSNA (Midshipmen 1st Class Zane Markel and Kevin Doran and Midshipman 2nd Class Bill Young)
Nationally Ranked: United States Naval Academy Team White Covers (Midshipmen 3rd Class Joseph Yates and Kim Do)
The first instance of CSAW’s policy competition generated lots of positive discussion at the annual event. Organizers stated that the policy competition would be held at next year’s CSAW conference and strongly encouraged USNA teams to compete again.