Young talents of today propose cyber solutions of tomorrow: Kaspersky Secur’IT Cup’23 registration opened

Motivated students and young cybersecurity researches eager to change the world for the better can apply for participation in the Secur’IT Cup, an international competition run by Kaspersky and aimed at tackling security issues posed by modern technologies. Participants can contest both as teams or individually.

 As latest technologies open up new digital directions and broaden our horizons, they can also bring new security challenges. Committed to building a safer world, Kaspersky has been at the forefront of countering cyberthreats, and has been continuously sharing its world-class expertise with the community, especially the youth, who will take over this mission in the future.

This year marks the launch of Kaspersky’s international Secur’IT Cup sixth edition. The main goal of the contest is to support young talents in their professional development, enabling them to create solutions to mitigate the security issues emerging with the appearance of new technologies and the ones that may occur in the future.

For Secur’IT Cup’23, participants can come up with ideas for the solutions addressing security challenges in these particular fields:

Gaming & Geeks – participants may propose their reliable and innovative security solutions, that increase efficiency of gadgets and contributes to the safety of gaming world.
FinTech – contestants develop their cyber defense projects for the financial industry that can help people around the world to be more protected from attacks and cybercrimes.
Tracking & Security of people and things – young talents can offer their projects to ensure data protection and its legitimate tracking and collection.
Family care – we suggest to come up with one project in Elderly Care or Pet Care.

“We have always highlighted the importance of supporting young talents, and this year our team is focusing on the idea to turn our annual contest into a real “growing house”. To help develop and apply their projects we will provide the Secur’IT Cup’s participants with our special webinars and sessions together with Kaspersky experts,” comments Evgeniya Russkikh, Head of Academic Affairs at Kaspersky. “I hope it will not only encourage young talents to develop great ideas, but also turn these ideas into valuable products, which will be successfully functioning after the competition’s completion.”

This year, the contest will be divided into four main stages:

02.10.23 – 15.10.23 – developing an idea;
16.10.23 – 29.10.23 – providing a business model;
30.10.2023 – 12.11.2023 – introducing prototype design;
13.11.2023 – 26.11.2023 – idea finalization.

Each stage will be dedicated to a particular project milestone and will be marked by the enhanced support provided to the participants by the Kaspersky team. For instance, the business model development stage will include a webinar, during which participants will learn how to calculate these models, which KPIs to address, and other useful details. While during the “Idea development” and “Prototype development” stages, participants may ask the Kaspersky team for expert advice.

Simultaneously with the global stream, the regional stream of the contest will be running, helping students to get involved into the global competition. The regional stream will be made up of local events, as part of which students gather into teams and develop their projects. As a result, the team that presents the best project as part of a regional event qualifies into the global finals. The META region and Russia will hold such activities in September, and Asia-Pacific – on October.

The final event will take place online on December 13, 2023. The winner’s prize is $10,000, the second place award is $3,000 and an e-learning training by Kaspersky, and the third place trophy is e-learning training by Kaspersky.

More details on the participation at Kaspersky’s Secur’IT Cup 2023 are provided by the contest’s official website.