Pinoys reach regional finals of Kaspersky Lab tilt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2013 12:33 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2013 08:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Three research papers by Filipino college students are among the 15 entries in the regional finals of this year’s Kaspersky Lab Cup, which will be held in Singapore from March 21 to 23.

Representing the Philippines in the Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa (APAC and MEA) Cup 2013 are Ivan Dominic Baguio and John Ultra, both from the University of the Philippines, and Marvin Rey Garcia from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. All three of them are Computer Science seniors.

Baguio and his co-author John Carlo Florencio came up with the paper titled “On-the-fly Encryption for Android Devices,” which hopes to address limitations of Android devices in encrypting disks or external memory in real time.

On the other hand, Garcia’s paper with his teammates Hannah Roselle Chan, Christopher Celestial and Arc Ezekiel Mercolesia is titled “Integration of Virtual Private Network in a Secured Smart Home Electricity Management System,” which proposes a solution to control household electricity.

Ultra, meanwhile, has a solo research paper titled “A Collaborative Access Control Model for E-Voting Systems.”

The rest of the Top 15 regional finalists include students from Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Iran, Japan, India and Malaysia.

This year’s Kaspersky Lab Cup has the theme “Cybersecurity for the Next Generation” as the brand is on the lookout for fresh suggestions to address cyber crimes today.

“As cyber threats escalate, the need for a newer pool of talents to contribute new cybersecurity ideas is of pressing concern,” Harry Cheung, Kaspersky Lab’s managing director for Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “This competition allows Kaspersky Lab to discover these young talents who can add significant input. The Filipino winners made our Asian region proud last year and we are excited for this year’s representatives to make an impact.”

Cheung was referring to Joshua Arvin Lat, Rod Bondoc and Kevin Atienza from UP Diliman, who were shortlisted for the APAC and MEA round last year. They eventually took home the first prize for their paper on a secure online USB login system during the final round of the Kaspersky Lab tilt in the Netherlands.

The three best papers in Kaspersky Lab’s APAC and MEA Cup will represent the region and compete against qualifiers from North America, South America, Europe, Russia and Commonwealth Independent States at the international round to be held in London in June.

The top three in the final round will receive $1,000, $750 and $500.