Pinoy students urged to submit papers for 2013 e-security confab

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Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab is again calling all students across the Philippines to send their original research papers on Internet security and cybercrime for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APAC and MEA) Cup of the 2013 Kaspersky Lab Student Conference.

Authors of the most innovative and carefully thought-out concepts on cybersecurity will be selected and invited to present his/her paper at the APAC and MEA regional finals to be held at the National University of Singapore from March 21 to 23, 2013.

The APAC and MEA Cup is one of the five regional rounds of the Kaspersky Lab?s global annual conference, a collaborative environment where students, experts, scientists, and researchers from all over the world will get together to present and discuss issues relating to global cybercrime.

The best research papers in the APAC and MEA Cup will be chosen to be presented and compete with the rest of the other regional qualifiers (from North America, South America, Europe, Russia and Commonwealth Independent States) in the international round of the conference to be held at the Royal Holloway, University of London in the United Kingdom in June 2013.

In this annual competition, the best research papers by undergraduate and post-graduate students are carefully evaluated by a panel of top global security professionals composed of Kaspersky Lab security experts and academicians from renowned institutes. From these papers, only three papers that show outstanding ideas are awarded the overall top prizes in the final round.

Winners will receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 each and a unforgettable experience of meeting and collaborating with the best minds in cybersecurity.

Representatives of the top three papers to the regional and global rounds will also receive all-expenses paid trips and accommodation to the respective conference venues.

In the 2012 Kaspersky Lab Student Conference, two outstanding research papers from the University of the Philippines were the top picks out of the 2,500 submissions in the entire region.

The two UP groups grabbed the first and second prizes in the APAC & MEA cup held at the City University of Hong Kong in March.

They advanced and represented the country in the international round of the competition held at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, which was eventually dominated by one of the Filipino groups.

Named as the overall top research paper in the 2012 Kaspersky Lab Student Conference was ?SOUL System? by UP Computer Science majors Joshua Arvin Lat, Kevin Charles Atienza, and Rod Xavier Bondoc. Their paper bested 13 other regional finalists from all over the world.

Registration for interested university and college students is ongoing. Submissions of research papers is accepted until February 11, 2013. Notifications for participation in the regional round will be sent by February 18, 2013.

The competition is open to individuals and groups. For group submissions, only one representative will be sponsored to attend the conference.

For registration, paper submission process, paper format, conference guidelines and more information about this year’s student conference, interested parties can go to this site.

Updates are also posted on its official Facebook page.

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