Kaspersky wants your ideas on beating cybercrime


PETALING JAYA: Cybersecurity expert Kaspersky Lab is calling on students in Malaysian universities and other institutions of higher learning to take part in a research competition on cybercrime.

The contestants are to submit papers on technical, social, economic and legal-related topics, covering areas such as anti-spam development, cloud security, future technology to combat malware, emerging security threats, challenges and opportunities for IT, and education in IT security.

Those behind the Top Three submissions will be invited to attend and present their papers at Kaspersky’s IT Security for the Next Generation — Asia-Pacific & MEA Cup 2012 conference, to be held at the City University of Hong Kong from March 14 to 16, next year.

There, the contestants will compete against other top representatives from universities and institutes of higher education in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the Middle East.

Three regional winners will be selected, and they will win cash prizes worth a total of US$3,250 (RM9,750). They will also go on to compete in the International leg, against other regional winners from the American Cup and European Cup.

The grand prize winner will receive 1,500 euro (RM7,500) while the first and second runner up will get 1,000 euro (RM5,000) each.

The venue for the International Cup 2012 has not been finalised but Kaspersky is in talks with universities in Prague, Czech Republic.

Last year, Asnita Hashim, a post-graduate Mathematics and Computer Science student from Universiti Teknologi Mara, made the country proud when she bagged second place in the Asia Pacific and MEA Cup 2011 and went on to grab a special-merit prize (because her paper was almost as good as the third place winner’s submission) in the international competition in Munich, Germany.

Research papers are to be submitted online through the Kaspersky website, www.kaspersky.com/educational-events/it_security_conference_2012_asia. Registration is free and the submission deadline is on Jan 9.

Airfare and accomodation for finalists for each stage will be borne by Kaspersky.

The security conference brings together students, experts, scientists and researchers in a collaborative environment to share their respective knowledge and experiences, and aims to develop new ideas to improve the level of security in information technology.

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