Woburn, MA – July 1, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab today announced the results of the final round of its international student conference CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014, an annual event financed and organized by Kaspersky Lab. This long-term project brings together students, young scientists and researchers, leading IT security experts and university professors from across the world in a collaborative environment to present and discuss topical cybersecurity issues. The final round took place on June 23-25, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Twelve students from eight countries – ranked top in the regional rounds of the conference – competed in a variety of unique cybersecurity challenges to test their mettle and prove they are ready to influence the future of IT security. In addition to the pre-set challenges, the contests included complex real-time tasks, a chance to demonstrate presentation skills as well as the ability to talk to a general audience on security-related topics – all of which are necessary for a successful IT security analyst. The pre-set challenge winners are as follows:
- Elevator Pitch Challenge: Maurizio Abbà from Eurecom, France. This challenge required students to prepare a short summary (no more than three minutes) of the research they had already presented in the regional round. The aim was to give a compelling talk on why someone should invest in their idea/research and what benefits it would bring.
- Future News Video Reporting Challenge: David Korczynski from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. This challenge aimed to test students’ creativity and communication skills in a fictitious scenario. Students imagined the cybersecurity issues of 2020 and prepared a three-minute video clip for World News Today (WNT).
- Poster Session Challenge: Artem Shumilov from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia. This session required students to promote the research presented in the regional round by combining text, photographs, charts, graphs and other images into an eye-catching poster printout.
- Team Challenges: The same team won both challenges – the cyber game ‘Operation Double-Cross’ and the cyber quiz. The winning team consisted of Sergey Shpak from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Russia, Armando Miraglia from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Wenjuan Li from the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong.
CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014 included four regional rounds: the European Cup, the Russia & CIS Cup, the Asia-Pacific & MEA Cup and the Americas Cup. The winners of each round earned their place in the Final Round as well as cash prizes to help further develop their projects. This year’s topics were: emerging threats for emerging platforms; securing cloud, virtual and ‘big-data’ infrastructure; future protection technologies; securing corporate infrastructure; and security education.
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