Woburn, MA – July 1, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab today announced the winners of its global education project "CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2013". Following the 2013 finals at Royal Holloway, University of London the prizes went to: Firman Azhari from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia (1st place); Dusan Repel from the University of Plymouth, UK (2nd place); and Iwan Gulenko from the Technical University of Munich, Germany (3rd place).
The three winners emerged from a pool of 14 which battled through regional heats in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Russia & the CIS to reach the final competition which was held from June 24-27. In all, 10 different countries were represented in the finals at Royal Holloway, where the students' papers were assessed by a program committee of Kaspersky Lab experts, IT security professors and decision-makers from the IT industry.
The winning project, "Detection of Security Vulnerability in Indonesian Near Field Communication (NFC) Applications," by Firman Azhari, looked at protection for e-payment and e-identity data. The project analyzed the security levels of NFC cards and proposed a solution to manage security problems – from detection to prevention – using a mobile application called "NFC Inspector" and a small portable device for analyzing NFC systems called "AZlyzer".
Cybersecurity for the Next Generation is the flagship of Kaspersky Lab's efforts to seek, support and educate talented young people from all over the globe as they set out on a career in IT security. These conferences take place in major universities all over the world and involve student competitions, learning sessions, lectures by globally renowned experts, games and socializing.
For more information on Kaspersky Lab's Cybersecurity for the Next Generation, please visit the events page.
Firman Azhari, First Place Winner
Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
"I am so happy to receive this award! I have worked hard on the project, and I'm happy that the program committee thought so highly of it. This conference has been a really a great opportunity, and it makes me more determined than ever to continue my studies and build a career in IT security!"
Head of Education Programs
"Cyber threats are evolving at high speed and unfortunately it doesn't look like there will be any let up in cybercriminal activity. Against this background it is vital to provide the younger generation with the benefits of a high-quality IT education. We would like every young specialist in any field to understand the importance of IT security. At the same time we want to see young IT professionals understand the overall situation in the cyber world and be trained to combat all the threats. Initiatives like CyberSecurity for the Next Generation are helping us to achieve these goals."
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