Local university wins cybersecurity competition

THE Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way competitions – both big and small – are held; with almost all “face-offs” going virtual.

Undeterred, a team of students from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) set out to win the 2020 F-Secure Cyber Security Competition.

After an intense grand finals where the team had to compete against nine other finalist teams to ‘Capture The Flag’, APU’s Team Shellhound emerged champions with a final score of 410 points.

The team – comprising Imran Esack Dawoodjee, Sritaran Doraisamy and Mohin Paramasivam – took home a trophy, a Dell 24” gaming monitor, a HyperX Cloud II gaming headset, a Razer BlackWidow Elite mechanical keyboard and a Logitech G502 wireless gaming mouse.

The four-hour long finals required the teams to plan and execute defense measures against security attacks.

This is not the first time the university is winning the competition as APU’s teams have clinched the championship four times previously.

The competition, APU said in a press release, highlights the need for continuous nurturing of the next generation of talents.

Through the competition, students get an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the field of information technology and cybersecurity against their peers in a friendly public event.

This year, cybersecurity and programming concepts, such as reverse engineering, cryptography, network analysis, malware and incident response were among the topics tested.

A total of 161 teams from 29 universities nationwide took part this year.

The F-Secure Cyber Security Competition is the brainchild of a long-standing collaboration between F-Secure, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, and various Malaysian public and private universities.

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