NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary academic center in which leading edge research, teaching, and scholarship are directed into meaningful real-world technology and policies.


CCS faculty and students work to address attacks on many fronts that threaten the security, safety, or privacy of potentially millions of people worldwide. Beyond their value in teaching key principles, CCS initiatives address real threats to organizations, companies and individuals, such as finding the spyware used by domestic abusers and stalkers, identifying the weaknesses in techniques used to anonymize programming code, and protecting the computing units on automobiles from remote attacks. Read more here.


An interdisciplinary approach governs all CCS programs, which include an M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy specifically tailored for business executives, and a new course currently in development to educate mechanical engineering students about hacking threats to 3D printing. Guest speakers and conferences at Tandon and at the NYU Law School also explore the intersection between government policy, technical innovation, and social responsibility, and bring together leading women in cybersecurity to address some of the most pressing issues in the field today. Read more here.


The Center for Cybersecurity is home to CSAW, the largest student-run cybersecurity event in the world. Since 2003, this competition has expanded to 6 sites around the world and, in 2019, drew entrants from more than 90 countries. The event is overseen by OSIRIS, a student-run cybersecurity research lab that also sponsors weekly Hack Nights to introduce students to a wide variety of complex and immersive topics. CCS also hosts lectures and workshops throughout the year, including the annual Women Leaders in Cybersecurity program. Read more here.


Collectively, the CCS faculty can boast of 4 NSF CAREER awards, 3 Jacobs Excellence in Education awards (NYU Tandon faculty honor), 2 “Brilliant 10 under 30” awardees from Popular Science magazine, and 2 IEEE fellows. In collaboration with a cadre of gifted graduate students, the faculty routinely present at top-level conferences on topics ranging from privacy protection to securing hardware elements and software supply chains. The Center boasts a number of Best Paper awards, most recently at ISSRE 2019. By participating in the work of research labs affiliated with CCS, including the Secure Systems Laboratory, Laboratory for Agile and Resilient Complex Systems (LARX) and the Energy-Aware, Secure, and Reliable Computing Research Group (EnSuRe), students have numerous opportunities to learn by doing, and to contribute directly to the growth of the field. Read more here.


As part of its mission, the Center for Cybersecurity, a collaboration between the Law School and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, addresses questions at the meeting point of security and technology: How should the government and private parties interact when it comes to cybersecurity? What kind of legal and technical framework will enable companies to shore up their digital defenses? And what is the appropriate level of risk management for private companies? The two schools have achieved national leadership in the development of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public outreach to address these vexing questions. They have established a pioneering Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program. This one-year program is for experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds who seek to deepen their understanding of cybersecurity risk and strategy. Three scholarships are also available to JD students interested in this area: the NYU Cyber Scholars Program, the ASPIRE Scholarship, and the Latham and Watkins Award in Technology and Law.