Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2011

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Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai participated as judges at NYU-Poly’s Eighth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Competition on November 11, 2011 at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY. Academic entrants of all levels, from Post-Doctoral fellows and Ph.D. Candidates to high school students took part in the two day Cyber Security event, which was made up of several distinct competitions.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University (NYU), is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 156-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan, NYU-Poly’s MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. NYU-Poly’s mission is to excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world.


David K.A. Mordecai joined the panel of judges in the AT&T Best Applied Security Paper Award. For this competition, student researchers entered papers that had been submitted to, or accepted at any conference or journal between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Paper topics included any area related to the application of security technology, the implementation of systems, as well as lessons learned.

Samantha Kappagoda joined the panel of judges for the Security Awareness Video Competition. This competition required entrants to submit a “public service” video or animated spot aimed at raising awareness of everyday cyber security threats such as (but not limited to) social networking issues, privacy, malware, downloading un-trusted software, visiting infected websites, opening unknown attachments, or phishing.