Successful recipients of the Internet Defense Prize will provide a working prototype that demonstrates significant contributions to the security of the internet, particularly in the areas of prevention and defense. This award is meant to recognize the direction of the research and not necessarily its progress to date. The intent of the award is to inspire researchers to focus on high-impact areas of research.

The award is to be used by the winning author(s) to take the prototype referenced in their research paper to the next level for something practical, accessible and high impact. We recognize that some of the best research projects fall into obscurity due to lack of funding; the heart and spirit of this award aim to provide funding that would otherwise be unavailable. As a result, we will place a premium on research coming from academia over industry.

The USENIX Security Awards Committee, along with a representative from Facebook, will determine the winner(s). An award winner may not always be selected if the Awards Committee determines that there are no submissions that meet the award criteria. If multiple submissions meet the criteria and are selected, the total award amount may be split between multiple winner(s). In all cases, however, the awardees are expected to report briefly to Facebook on the progress of the research within one year of the award’s receipt. A copy of an additional published paper that outlines the progress may be provided instead. Facebook and USENIX make no claim to any rights to the research and/or its products.

To be eligible to receive the award, potential candidates must identify how the award funds should be distributed to the co-authors of a paper. The committee understands that many of the best papers are produced by the collaboration among researchers, often from different institutions. Award monies to authors employed by academic institutions will be awarded directly to those authors’ institutions for the sole use by the authors for purposes relating directly to the development of the research outlined in the paper. If an author changes institutions within a year of receiving the award, the remaining award funds may be transferred to that institution. Award monies to authors employed independently or by corporations will be given directly to the authors.

All submissions will be made online via the web form.


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