Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is calling for Filipino university students and young professionals aged between 18 and 30 to join on its Talent Lab competition, which aims to solve topical cybersecurity challenges.
"For me, security has always been the most interesting aspect of computer science. No matter what I was doing, security would come out on top as one of the main issues to care about," said Ryan Naraine, Head of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team in North America.
"But routes into this profession are often very difficult and many of our top researchers have no formal security education, but got here mainly because they were driven by their curiosity. With this contest, we want to spark the curiosity of as many people as possible, and show how many different ways there are to get into the cybersecurity industry. We want to demonstrate that security is fascinating -- because the world needs more highly skilled people in IT security," Naraine continued.
Essentially, the competition aims to fund the winner's education or send them to global industry events such as the Security Analyst Summit.
To register, individuals must choose the research topics -- which are divided into two streams -- they would like to pursue. The technical stream includes anti-malware research, global cyber threats, mobile security, cyber physical stems, internet of things, safe kids and security awareness. Meanwhile, the non-technical stream includes consumer marketing, web content analysis, conceptual design, and edutainment.
Interested participants may submit their proposals from now till 15 November 2016. An online evaluation will happen between 15th and 30th November 2016, and the finalists will be announced on 1 December. Only the top 50 participants will continue in the final round, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in February 2017.
According to Kaspersky Lab, three winners will be chosen. The "top talent" winner will receive a US$10,000 grant for further education, the "security talent" winner will have the opportunity to be at SAS 2017 with all expenses covered by Kaspersky Lab; and the "creativity talent" winner will get the chance to participate at the Cannes Lions 2017, with an academy pass and travel tickets paid by Kaspersky Lab.
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