Cisco Security Grand Challenge

A Global Initiative to Secure the Internet of Things

"It is to all of us to get involved to ensure that the internet, as loT/loE unfolds, continues to be a powerfull force for improving people's lives." - Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Cisco


About the Cisco Security Grand Challenge

The Cisco Security Grand Challenge is a global, industry-wide initiative to bring the security community together to address securing the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart, internet-enabled devices are growing at an exponential pace with wearable devices, kitchen appliances, connected cars or healthcare devices more and more commonplace, and expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020. For these devices to deliver on the promise of a connected future, we need strong security for "thing-based" solutions.

With IoT as a significant part of a larger Internet of Everything (IoE) that brings together connected devices with people, process and data, it’s even more imperative that we ensure the things we connect are secure.

Learn more about how Cisco is defining the IoT

  • Criteria

    Learn what to submit for the Security Grand Challenge and how your idea will be evaluated by our panel.

  • Process

    Find out more about the Grand Challenge. Proposals under evaluation right now! View timeline for more information.

  • Award

    Cisco has committed $300,000 in prize money and will select a maximum of 6 winners with awards from $50,000 to $75,000.

  • Panel

    Meet our team members who will lead the evaluation of the proposals.

  • Terms

    Learn how you can participate while retaining all of your intellectual property. Find out more about eligibility, confidentiality, and submission requirements.

Congratulations to the Winners 

At the IoT World Forum on October 15, 2014, the winners were announced: Cornell Tech and Rice University, Excalibur Group, Aircloak and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Cisco and NineSigma invited proposals from the global security community for innovative solutions to secure the "Internet of Things": to deliver intelligent cybersecurity solutions for the real world, addressing threats before, during, and after an attack. Specific focus areas for the Cisco Security Grand Challenge included malware defense, security credential management, and privacy protection.

Read the press release on the winners

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