Winner of next-gen cyber security challenge bags £7k+ prize

Published on: 2 Jan 2018

The winner of a worldwide cyber security competition, intended to encourage the next generation of online security experts, has been named at a grand final in Prague.

Philipp Mieden, a student from LMU Munich, claimed first place and the $10,000 (£7,378) prize in Kaspersky Lab’s ‘Cyber Security for the Next Generation’ contest for his research on detecting anomalous network traffic.

Students and young professionals from around the world were invited to participate in the competition by solving cyber security cases individually or in teams of up to three participants. Entrants could pick their own case before developing a solution and presenting it to a panel of experts.

The contest attracted 1,200 registrations, out of which 42 finalists were chosen, hailing from Germany, Italy, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Russia and Belarus. These were cropped to 32 for the Prague final, where participants enjoyed  a very busy programme during the two-day Kaspersky International Academic Partner Summit.

Kirill Shiryaev, head of educational programs at Kaspersky Lab and one of the panelists, said the contest helps uncover new talent that can help solve some of the real information security challenges facing businesses.

“It is this next generation of professionals that we need to engage and enthuse today,” Mr Shiryaev commented.

“With the help of Kaspersky Lab, these young people got the chance to prove themselves and form a unique community that will address future challenges.”