Paving the way for young security innovators: Kaspersky’s open call for Secur’IT Cup ’22
Woburn, MA – September 23, 2022 – Today Kaspersky announced an open call for Secur’IT Cup ’22, an international competition for talented motivated students and young researchers seeking to change the world of technology by enhancing its security.
With the increasing penetration of digital technology into our lives, the question of how to make it serve our needs without putting our privacy and data at risk remains. In the same way technology rapidly develops, the cybersecurity industry needs to keep pace by offering valid solutions to deal with security challenges.
For the fifth year, Kaspersky is launching its international Secur'IT Cup '22. The goal is to support young talent, enabling entrants to bring innovation to the world of cybersecurity and to turn bright ideas into real solutions.
This year, the contest offers three key areas requiring new solutions:
· Mobile secure – develop a mobile and smart-watch security project to help people around the world protect their privacy and personal data from mobile attacks and cybercrime.
· Router security – offer new security solutions to protect the "brain" of the IoT, which manages entire networks of devices, either for large industrial plants or at home.
· Chess anti-cheating – provide players of a popular chess game with proper detection to protect them from unfair play.
Kaspersky has been continuously supporting chess development, including its further advancement in the digital space and its expansion to online tournaments.
In addition, this year, there is a special category: Family Care, with dedicated sectionscovering different security aspects:
· The “Elder Care” section: security projects that can be related to internet security, health trackers and any other relevant issues for the elderly.
· The “Pet Care” section: for security projects related to both domestic and homeless pets, related to their safety, health, care and other aspects.
· The “Finance for family” section: for security projects on financial planning, a cost tracker or any other aspects related to the control of finances for the whole family or for some family members.
“This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Secur’IT cup that, we can say for sure, has reached its adulthood, and our team is very proud of the project that has already united more 6,000 participants!” said Evgeniya Russkikh, academic affairs group manager at Kaspersky Academy. "A substantial innovation we initiated last year -- and continue in 2022 -- is to add socially responsible categories to our scope. We think it really is important not only to look for solutions for technological issues in cybersecurity, but also to contribute to building awareness of how cybersecurity solutions may influence the lives of vulnerable groups of people. We hope to keep up this pace in the future and wish all our participants creativity, innovative thinking and to make the best out of their experience as they engage in our competition."
Online registration for the competition closes on November 7th, 2022. After that, participants will have two weeks more, until November 20th, 2022, to submit a detailed project description or research abstract, and project prototype. An expert jury consisting of industry experts and a Kaspersky team will consider all the projects and select a shortlist for the final. Entrants can participate individually or in teams. In addition, the Kaspersky Academy will organize a series of local events in Asia Pacific, Russia and CIS, and META region to help students get involved in the global competition easily. Dates for these events to be announced later.
The final event will take place online on December 14th,2022 and the winner will be awarded $10,000. Second place winners will receive cover of the professional certification of their choice (i.e. CISSP, CISA, CISM, etc.). Those in third place will be given the opportunity to attend a professional course of their choice on one of the global MOOC-platforms.
Detailed information about the application procedure and deadlines for Secur'IT Cup '22 can be found on the competition's official website.
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 240,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at usa.kaspersky.com.
Sawyer Van Horn