Global cyber security games coming to India and MENA
The local adaptations of the global event will be hosted by New York University Abu Dhabi and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, respectively.
The New York University Tandon School of Engineering has announced the participation of NYU Abu Dhabi and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as part of the Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW).
Founded 13 years ago, the global student-run cyber security events pits students, from high school to doctoral programmes, against each other in a series of games challenging their expertise in IT security.
The cyber security games were originally founded by Professor Nasir Memon, chairman of the NYU Tandon Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Commenting on the annual event, Prof. Memon said: "Data security is a critical global issue. Attackers know no national boundaries, and neither should those who protect our personal privacy and institutions."
He added: "In the past CSAW brought high school teams to New York. This year, thanks to the leadership of students and faculty, it will expand its reach to high school and university students across the Middle East and North Africa."
Last year's games saw the participation of over 20,000 students from across the world. For the first time, the event will now be open to students from India, the Middle East and North Africa. Participating students who the qualifying rounds will be invited to attend the finals, which are set to be held on the 12 November 2016, at IIT Kanpur, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Tandon.
The CSAW event is expected to serve as an influential platform supporting recruiting efforts for the global IT security market, which will reportedly demand over 1.5 million cyber security professionals by 2020.
Manindra Agrawal, the N. Rama Rao Professor in the IIT Kanpur's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, added: "With hobby hackers, foreign state actors, terrorist organizations and other adversaries abounding, cyber security is not just a computer science issue but a national security issue.
"IIT Kanpur is delighted to join hands with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering to bring the cyber security awareness competitions to India. We hope that Indian institutes and universities will participate in large numbers and show their competitiveness against the teams from all over the world."