In the Embedded Security Challenge (ESC), a Blue Team designs a target system. A Red Teams try to hack it.

A team of security experts from NYU Tandon School of Engineering competes with participating universities using a red team/blue team approach to mimic real-world attacks. Contestants must exploit the weaknesses of a target system, assess the effectiveness of their hardware security techniques, identify vulnerabilities and implement effective defense mechanisms. 

ESC is an educational, research-oriented tournament aimed at hacking into the hardware of embedded systems. In fact, it's the oldest hardware security competition in the world. Finalists compete at CSAW on-site at our four international locations (NYU Tandon, NYUAD, Grenoble INP-Esisar, and IITK). 

All competition details and instructions regarding the submission process can be found on the ESC's Github repository, accessible via the "Click here" button (top right). 

Submission phase Closed

CSAW'17 Finals: November 9 - 11, 2017 at all international locations

  • Submission phase closed on September 25, 2017


See the finalists of the ESC competition.


Students and faculty leading ESC development.

Meet the experts who will be judging ESC.

Awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.