Internet Defense Prize

Are you making the web safer? You deserve an award.

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.

Honor Roll

2016 Award Recipients:

  • $100,000 — Erdem Alkim, Ege University; Léo Ducas, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica; Thomas Pöppelmann, Infineon Technologies AG; Peter Schwabe, Radboud University

Post-quantum Key Exchange—A New Hope

2016 Finalists:

  • 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

DROWN: Breaking TLS using SSLv2

  • Yue Cao, Zhiyun Qian, Zhongjie Wang, Tuan Dao, and Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy, University of California, Riverside; Lisa M. Marvel, United States Army Research Laboratory

Off-Path TCP Exploits: Global Rate Limit Considered Dangerous

 

2015 Award Recipients:

  • $100,000 — Byoungyoung Lee, Chengyu Song, Taesoo Kim, and Wenke Lee (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Type Casting Verification: Stopping an Emerging Attack Vector

 2014 Award Recipients:

  • $50,000 — Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Static Detection of Second-Order Vulnerabilities in Web Applications

Submissions are now closed.

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