MANILA – Security software firm Kaspersky Lab is encouraging students to submit their research papers tackling cybersecurity for its annual regional conference.
Students may submit their papers for the Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa (APAC and MEA) Cup of the “Cybersecurity for the Next Generation” conference until January 31, 2014.
Kaspersky Lab experts will select the entries that will make it to the final presentations on March 10, 2014 at the Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.
The authors of the selected entries will be notified via e-mail until February 7, 2014.
The APAC and MEA Cup is one of the five regional rounds of Kaspersky Lab’s annual conference, where students, experts, scientists and researchers across the globe get together to present issues related to cybersecurity.
The research papers’ topics for this year’s conference include emerging threats for emerging platforms (embedded systems, mobile security, and Windows 8, Mac OS and other operating systems), securing cloud, virtual and “big-data” infrastructure (mail services, storage services and social networks), future protection technologies (proactive detection technologies, filtering technologies and web application security), securing corporate infrastructure (combating advanced persistent threats and targeted attacks, vulnerabilities and exploits, rootkits or bootkits, botnets, DDoS attacks and network security), and security education (tools and resources to raise and promote IT security awareness).
For this regional round, students taking bachelor, masters’ and doctorate from 33 countries in Asia Pacific and Middle East, as well as all nations in Africa, are eligible to join.
The best research papers will be awarded $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $750 for third place. The representatives of the best papers will be invited to the international conference in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2014.
Last year, two groups of Filipino students from University of the Philippines won the top two prizes in the APAC and MEA Cup, and automatically advanced to the global round.
The research paper of the group led by Joshua Lat of UP, which proposed a secure online USB log-in system for online accounts, was declared overall winner in the final cup of the same year.
The other Filipino entry represented by UP’s Ranyel Bryan Maliwanag tackled a mobile voice verification system.
This year, two papers from UP and one from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines represented the country in the regional round of the conference.
“I hope that more and more academicians will continue to influence and encourage Filipino students to show their passion and develop their interest in cybersecurity. Only education will make this possible,” said Jimmy Fong, Kaspersky Lab’s channel sales director for Southeast Asia.