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Kaspersky reveals $10,000 winner of ‘Cybersecurity for the Next Gen’ competition

Kaspersky Lab has unveiled the winners of the first international cybersecurity case-solving competition, ‘Cybersecurity for the Next Generation’. The final of the competition took place in Prague, where the main prize of $10,000 was awarded to Philipp Mieden, a student from LMU Munich, for his research on detecting anomalous network traffic. The second-place prize went to Omar Ganiev, a practical information security consultant from Moscow, who was awarded with a trip to the Security Analyst Summit (SAS) in Cancun in Spring 2018. A team from Gomel – Ivan Meleshko, Arthur Stsepanenka and Ihar Tsalka – received the third-place prize of a visit to the PHDays international forum on applied digital security.

The contest invited students and young professionals from around the world to participate in solving cybersecurity cases, as individuals or in teams of up to three participants. The entrants were asked to pick a case, study additional information and materials, develop a solution and present it to the panel of experts.

“My research focused on detecting anomalous network traffic. This was accomplished by modeling normal network behavior and utilizing machine learning techniques to classify abnormal activity. The contest gave me a great platform for feedback and gathering new ideas, which encouraged me to continue my research on this topic. A big thanks to Kaspersky Lab and the team that organized the competition, I had a great time!” – says Philipp Mieden, the winner of the contest.

This year the contest received 1,200 registrations, out of which the jury chose 42 finalists from Germany, Italy, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Russia and Belarus. The final in Prague narrowed this down to 32 individual and team competitors, all of whom faced a very busy program during the two-day Kaspersky International Academic Partner Summit.

Leading cybersecurity experts and scientists took part in a number of presentations and panel discussions addressing some of the latest cybersecurity challenges at the summit. Among them were Christian Aghroum, Vice-President at CyAN, Keri Pearlson, Executive Director at MIT-(IC)3, Maria Papadaki, Associate Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Plymouth, Stuart Hyde QPM, Managing Director at Stuart Hyde Associates, Sergey Novikov, Deputy Director of the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab, and others.

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