Let’s build a secure internet.
The Internet Defense Prize recognizes and rewards research that meaningfully makes the internet more secure. Created in 2014, the award is funded by Facebook and offered in partnership with USENIX to celebrate contributions to the protection and defense of the internet. We’re looking for great ideas that go beyond theory to produce real impact. After all, building a secure internet requires investment in new ideas that can be adopted and protect people in practice.
2019 Award Recipients:
$100,000 — Anjo Vahldiek-Oberwagner, Eslam Elnikety, Nuno O. Duarte, Michael Sammler, Peter Druschel, and Deepak Garg, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarland Informatics Campus
2018 Award Recipients:
1st Place of $100,000 — Gertjan Franken, Tom Van Goethem, and Wouter Joosen of imec-Distrinet, KU Leuven
2nd Place of $60,000 – Mark O’Neill, Scott Heidbrink, Jordan Whitehead, Tanner Perdue, Luke Dickinson, Torstein Collett, Matthew Martindale, Kent Seamons, and Daniel Zappala of Brigham Young University
3rd Place of $40,000 – Ronghai Yang, Wing Cheong Lau, Jiongyi Chen, and Kehuan Zhang of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Sangfor Technologies Inc.
2017 Award Recipients:
$100,000 — Grant Ho, University of California, Berkeley; Aashish Sharma, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Mobin Javed, University of California, Berkeley; Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley and International Computer Science Institute; and David Wagner, University of California, Berkeley
Thurston H.Y. Dang, University of California, Berkeley; Petros Maniatis, Google Brain; David Wagner, University of California, Berkeley
Aravind Machiry, Chad Spensky, Jake Corina, Nick Stephens, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna, University of California, Santa Barbara
2016 Award Recipients:
$100,000 — Erdem Alkim, Ege University; Léo Ducas, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica; Thomas Pöppelmann, Infineon Technologies AG; Peter Schwabe, Radboud University
Nimrod Aviram, Tel Aviv University; Sebastian Schinzel, Münster University of Applied Sciences; Juraj Somorovsky, Ruhr University Bochum; Nadia Heninger, University of Pennsylvania; Maik Dankel, Münster University of Applied Sciences; Jens Steube, Hashcat Project; Luke Valenta, University of Pennsylvania; David Adrian and J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan; Viktor Dukhovni, Two Sigma and OpenSSL; Emilia Käsper, Google and OpenSSL; Shaanan Cohney,University of Pennsylvania; Susanne Engels and Christof Paar, Ruhr University Bochum; Yuval Shavitt, Tel Aviv University
Yue Cao, Zhiyun Qian, Zhongjie Wang, Tuan Dao, and Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy, University of California, Riverside; Lisa M. Marvel, United States Army Research Laboratory
2015 Award Recipients:
- $100,000 — Byoungyoung Lee, Chengyu Song, Taesoo Kim, and Wenke Lee (Georgia Institute of Technology)
2014 Award Recipients:
- $50,000 — Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
All submissions will be made online via the web form, which will be available soon at the Paper Submission Policies and Instructions.