In the High School Forensics (HSF) Challenge, contestants rack up points in an online game that culminates in a mystery.

In this competition, high school students work in teams to identify and analyze electronic evidence. During the online Qualification Round, teams choose from categories including network analysis, mobile forensics, live system forensics, steganography, file carving, and more, answering questions to earn points. The teams with the most points are flown to one of the CSAW international locations to compete onĀ­-site Finals, where the CSAW Mystery waits to be solved.


CSAW'17 Final Competition (on-site): 

November 9 - 11, 2017 at all participating international locations

  • Qualification Round ran (online):

September 22 - October 2, 2017

HSF Finalists

See the HSF finalist teams.



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Students and faculty leading HSF development.

Prize money, scholarships, and more.

Frequently asked questions.

Check out the plot of last year's HSF Challenge.

Meet the experts who will be judging HSF.