Kaspersky Lab has long been committed to encouraging talent, and enabling students and postgraduates to grow into skilled and respected security professionals. That’s why we stage the annual worldwide event Cybersecurity for the Next Generation (CSNG), which Kaspersky is honored to gather together the very best students who have both knowledge of and experience in information security.
The most recent round of the “CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014: Americas Round” student conference was held March 31 – April 2 in Washington D.C. and was hosted by Georgetown University. Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest and largest Catholic and Jesuit university in America. Today, the University is an international, research university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in D.C. and around the world.
In early April, the famous Cherry Blossom trees are starting to blossom and signs of spring are abundant. The energy of the conference was lively and reflective of the weather outside.
During the two-day conference the students heard insightful presentations and discussions about the cyber landscape including topics on Bitcoin, cybersecurity in healthcare, data and cybersecurity in higher education, and when hacking for fun turns into cybercrime and how to stop it.
The students were also treated to a wonderful presentation from Kaspersky Lab’s chairman and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky. He discussed what he believes to be the seven circles of the cyber inferno and told the students, “I’m paranoid, but optimistic that things will get better.”
During the first day, students from all over the United States and Canada were selected to attend the conference and present their work. All presented research papers were exceptional. The judges included Kaspersky Lab experts, leading academics from the field of IT security and a well-known IT security journalist in the United States. The papers were judged on the content, presentation skills and overall concept.
It was a hard choice for the judges, but they had to pick three overall winners.
First place was awarded to Danny Brothers of Georgetown University, Washington D.C., for his presentation, “NSA, The Market Maker”. Danny Brothers also was recognized for the best presentation.
Second place was awarded to Kangkook Jee of Columbia University, New York City, for his presentation, “Shadow Replica: Efficient Parallelization of Dynamic Data Flow Tracking”
Sarah Nance of Lipscomb University, Nashville Tennessee, was awarded third place for her work, “The Pathway to Security – Mitigating User Negligence”.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding presentations. We wish them the best of luck for the final round, which is taking place in Sweden in June.
We thank Georgetown for their partnership and hospitality and for helping host such a wonderful event. To follow conference events and conversation in real-time on Twitter, follow #KLStudentCon. Please also find more information @Kaspersky_EDU or visit the Kaspersky Academy Facebook Page.