Kaspersky Lab Extends “IT Security for the Next Generation” Conference to the United States

Partnering with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Kaspersky Lab Launches American Cup 2012: Student Cyber Security Competition

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions and one of the world’s leaders in cyber security, will expand its acclaimed international research conference, “IT Security for the Next Generation,” to university students in the United States. Partnering with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), the conference will take place within the NYU-Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) November 10-11, 2011.

The inspirational conference brings together students, experts, scientists and researchers in a collaborative environment to present and discuss issues relating to cybercrime. To participate in the conference and Kaspersky’s American Cup at NYU-Poly CSAW, which will be an extension of CSAW’s other challenges, potential attendees must submit research on the topic of “Cyber Security” by October 10, 2011.  Selected authors will be invited to attend the conference and are automatically entered in the challenge and asked to present their papers.  The winning submissions, as identified by a program committee, will be invited to attend the 2012 Kaspersky International Cup of the IT Security Conference for Young Professionals, which will take place in Europe in May 2012. Additionally, first place will receive $1500, second place $1000 and third place $750.

“‘IT Security for the Next Generation’ is a platform for future experts to share and to collaborate.  It’s a venue where new ideas are born—ideas that will improve and shape the future of security,” said Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and CEO, Kaspersky Lab. “By partnering with NYU-Poly, we’re able to tap into the minds of the young researchers of tomorrow and foster communication and collaboration with the experts of today. We've had great international success and are excited for Kaspersky Lab to bring this program to North America's brightest academia.”

“This partnership with Kaspersky Lab will take CSAW to the next level by adding formal instruction to an event that provides hands-on challenges and interaction with security professionals,” said Nasir Memon, who heads NYU-Poly’s cyber security program. “The American Cup 2012 challenge will also attract a new set of student researchers with new, unpublished work on important security issues.”

To Enter Kaspersky’s American Cup at NYU-Poly CSAW:

  1. Register prior to the October 10, 2011 deadline on the Kaspersky website.
  2. Prepare research in one of four areas: technical, social, economic and legal. Topics are listed on the web page.
  3. Submit the research by October 10, 2011.

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About NYU-Poly’s CSAW Challenges

In addition to the American Cup, CSAW hosts other challenges at NYU-Poly. The widest-ranging student competition of its kind, CSAW has been challenging top cyber security students to improve their skills through a series of fast-paced competitions since 2004. CSAW preliminary challenges regularly draw more than 1,000 international professionals and students, but only student teams from the United States are eligible to become finalists and win a trip to New York to participate on the Brooklyn campus of NYU-Poly.

Valuable prizes, invaluable experience and interaction with top cyber security academics and professionals have been hallmarks of all CSAW competitions, which are open to high school and university students. Participation in all CSAW challenges is free of charge. Top cyber security students of NYU-Poly and NYU head teams comprised of students, faculty and industry professionals who design the challenges, and the students help recruit the noted professionals who act as judges.

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Registration is also open on the CSAW website for the six other CSAW challenges:

  1. The NYU-Poly AT&T Best Applied Security Paper Award for research that has been previously published or accepted by an academic conference;
  2. Capture-the-flag applications security;
  3. Embedded systems;
  4. High school cyber security forensics;
  5. Quiz tournament;
  6. Educational videos promoting cyber security.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. The company's products provide in-depth computer defense for more than 300 million systems around the globe, including home and mobile users, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of nearly 100 of industry leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution vendors.

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About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 157-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi.