NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

Every year, the NSA has a competition for the best cybersecurity paper. Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award. (Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.)

Submission guidelines and nomination page.

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 12:17 PM • 16 Comments

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Nick PMarch 22, 2017 5:41 PM

I looked at the prior wins. They were very unimpressive versus others I've found and posted here. It might look good on a resume, though.

John SmithMarch 22, 2017 8:06 PM

"Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award."

One does not simply walk into Mordor ...

ThomasMarch 23, 2017 2:46 AM

Winners are expected a full background check,. and their families,. internal and external cavity search before entering the building.

Ken MMarch 23, 2017 7:04 AM

You'd think with all their technical wizardry and 'know how' NASA of all people would realize the importance of going paperless. Global warming, look it up.

National Security Agency, a.k.a. CSS, a.k.a. TIA, a.k.a. ...March 23, 2017 9:24 AM

Every year, the NSA has a competition for the best cybersecurity paper. Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award. (Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.)

I'm sure.

Meanwhile, the rest of us simply are not going to have an intelligent discussion about NSA until we call it for what it is: a gentlemen's club with unfiltered Internet access. There are ways to shut down unwanted gentlemen's clubs, but they're not pretty, they're not fit for print, and let's face it: at this point in time we are way past any Constitutional considerations of due process vs. cruel and unusual punishment.

Submission ...

is another matter entirely.

TatütataMarch 23, 2017 10:26 AM

But why do you have to actually submit your paper? Don't they already have it? ;-)

(Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.)

I close my eyes and see the scene in Terry Gilliam's Brazil where Sam Lowry walks into the Ministry of Information for the first time...

Were they totally prescient, or was the world already going bonkers back in 1985?

albertMarch 23, 2017 11:09 AM

Best leave your phone at home...

@Nick P,
It's an employment tool.

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Clive RobinsonMarch 23, 2017 12:28 PM

@ Tatütata,

Were they totally prescient, or was the world already going bonkers back in 1985?

Your kind of giving your youthfulness away ;-)

A clue for you look up the US President Ronnie "the ray gun" Reagan and Maggie Thatcher "love fest" oh and the Falklands war...

That was 82 and kind of the high point, after that it was "loads a money" bank deregulation where "Greed was Good" that finally imploded the world economy in 2004 with "Banking Crisis One" and the US was only kept afloat by the Columbian Drugs Cartels laundering their money.

Dan HMarch 23, 2017 1:54 PM

"Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there."

Former military and security clearance working for DoD, so they've already got what they want from me. And the Chinese have it too from the OPM hack.

AnonMarch 23, 2017 6:17 PM

Why is it a problem that they'd "only" want fingerprints? If you're submitting a paper to them, I think it highly likely they already checked you out before even picking a winner...

John GaltMarch 26, 2017 9:46 PM

Fresh meat for the grinder, eh?

Obviously, they need some fresh meat.

The situation reminds me of the line out of the movie, Die Hard... Willis says "I'm not the one who just got butt-f$%#d on national TV, Dwayne! Now stop jerking me around and put the other guy on the line!"

James SutherlandMarch 29, 2017 5:22 PM

"Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award."

Better still, the non-winners get to leave again afterwards...

I remember GCHQ had a competition on their website with various hidden messages (some Morse embedded in the page source, funny-looking CSS colours that actually let to another clue, etc), the final message of which was "WELL DONE NOW APPLY FOR A JOB".

John GaltMarch 29, 2017 11:24 PM

[[[ I remember GCHQ had a competition on their website with various hidden messages (some Morse embedded in the page source, funny-looking CSS colours that actually let to another clue, etc), the final message of which was "WELL DONE NOW APPLY FOR A JOB". ]]]

Obama WH and Hillary State have embedded steganography in the official website/pages for various purposes -- including Wall Street bets.

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