HSF is now RED.

Formerly the High School Forensics Challenge, this competition has been redesigned as a two-part red team competition. 

The online Qualification Round will primarily focus on reconnaissance, penetration testing, and investigation of a target organization. 

In Finals (in-person), teams will be tasked with infiltrating and analyzing the findings of the operation without getting caught. Students will need to apply skills related to forensics, cryptography, reverse engineering, exploitation, and social engineering. 

Participating Regions

  • CSAW North America -  NYU Tandon School of Engineering: for high schools in the USA 
  • CSAW Europe - INP Grenoble Esisar: for high schools in the Grenoble Academy (Région académique Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Additional regions may be added!


Late April: Registration opens

June: CSAW 365, online challenge repository launches 

21 - 30 September 2018: Online Qualification Round

By 5 October: initial outreach to finalist teams 

By 13 October: announcement of Finalists  

8 - 10 November 2018: Final Round in-person at participating regions  


Take a look at the agenda
for CSAW'18 North America.


Students and faculty leading RED development.

Prize money, scholarships, and more.

Frequently asked questions.

Check out the plot of last year's RED Competition.

Meet the experts who will be judging RED.

Winners of CSAW'17 High School Forensics.