First Ever South American Round of Kaspersky Lab Student Conference Hailed a Success

08 Feb 2013
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Kaspersky Lab is pleased to announce that the first ever South American round of the international conference “Cybersecurity for the Next Generation” has concluded successfully. 2013 saw Kaspersky Lab’s global conference visit South America for the first time, providing an opportunity for the region’s talented students to present their research at the Faculty of Engineering Systems of the National Polytechnic University of Ecuador.

The program committee, consisting of leading Kaspersky Lab analysts, reputable professors and IT security industry experts, selected the winners, with the best projects receiving awards and generous cash prizes (1st place $1000, 2nd place $750 and 3rd place $500) from Kaspersky Lab. The authors of the winning papers were also invited to attend the international round of the ‘CyberSecurity for the Next Generation’ conference.

The Best Paper category was won by Lilia Elena Gonzalez from La Salle University Mexico City, with a work titled “Performance Comparison of a Distance Classifier and a Feed-Forward Neural Network in the Classification of Malware Variants”. The Innovation & Originality award went to Johanna Malla from National Polytechnic School, Quito. Only one participant from each regional tour normally qualifies for the final tour of the conference; however, the program committee decided to hand a second invitation to Johanna to present her research at the finals in the UK in June 2013, as her paper – “Blue Bugging Attack on Cell Phones with Bluetooth Technology” – showed both practicality and insightful security concerns for Bluetooth technology.

The prize for the most Practical Application was awarded to Galoget Latorre from National Polytechnic School, Quito for the presentation “Reverse Engineering: How to create a Basic Environment for Malware Analysis oriented to Undergraduate Students”. Galoget also received the special Best Presentation award.

About the “Cybersecurity for the Next Generation” conference

Kaspersky Lab’s annual student conference “Cybersecurity for the Next Generation” provides a collaborative environment in which students, experts, scientists and researchers can get together to present and share their knowledge and ideas, inspiring them to push the limits of IT security technology still further. The event gives them the opportunity to present and discuss the most burning issues relating to global cybercrime.

Anyone from the world of higher education, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, is welcome to participate in the conference. Participants showcase their projects in front of key academic and industry experts and open themselves to potential new and attractive career opportunities in IT security.

The international conference consists of 5 regional rounds that lead to the Conference Finals. The finals for this academic year will be staged at the Royal Holloway, University of London, in the UK in June 2013.

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