Enter the Microsoft Cybersecurity 2020 Student Essay Contest and win up to $5,000

Deadline: June 14, 2013

Microsoft Corporation is looking for students with great ideas on the future of cyber security policy. Are you a student and have you conducted research on how to measure the security impact of policies around the world? If so, then read on for how you can win $5,000 cash for your research in this essay contest.

About the Contest

Microsoft is looking for original research about cybersecurity policy challenges from university students at any stage in their educational development. Specifically, research should address one or both of the following questions; in both instances, preference will be given to responses that integrate quantitative analysis using publically-available cybersecurity data and research, such as the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR):

  1. Which cybersecurity policy choices have the most impact on cybersecurity outcomes and, based upon your answer, are there “actionable” recommendations for policymakers?
  2. Given the growth in people, devices, and data connected to the Internet, how should policymakers adapt current approaches, and are there elements missing from the current policy landscape that should be created, or existing instruments that should be deprecated?

(More tips and clarification on how to answer the questions are on the ‘click here’ link below.)


Cash prizes will be awarded by Microsoft to the top three essays. They include:

  • 1st place – $5,000
  • 2nd place – $3,000
  • 3rd place – $2,000

How to enter

Send an email to [email protected] with your essay in Microsoft Word format. Entries must be received by June 14, 2013.


Please review the official rules before applying. Also, visit the Microsoft Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy website to learn how this team works collaboratively with governments, multilateral organizations, industry, and non-profit groups to enhance security across the cyberecosystem.

For more information, click here.