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

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

ERIM: Secure, Efficient In-process Isolation with Protection Keys (MPK)

2018 Award Recipients:

1st Place of $100,000 — Gertjan Franken, Tom Van Goethem, and Wouter Joosen of imec-Distrinet, KU Leuven

Who Left Open the Cookie Jar? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Third-Party Cookie Policies

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

The Secure Socket API: TLS as an Operating System Service

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.

Vetting Single Sign-On SDK Implementations via Symbolic Reasoning

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

Detecting Credential Spearphishing in Enterprise Settings

2017 Finalists:

Thurston H.Y. Dang, University of California, Berkeley; Petros Maniatis, Google Brain; David Wagner, University of California, Berkeley

Oscar: A Practical Page-Permissions-Based Scheme for Thwarting Dangling Pointers

Aravind Machiry, Chad Spensky, Jake Corina, Nick Stephens, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna, University of California, Santa Barbara

DR. CHECKER: A Soundy Analysis for Linux Kernel Drivers

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

All submissions will be made online via the web form, which will be available soon at the Paper Submission Policies and Instructions.


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