Saturday, October 17, 2009

KASPERSKY CHOOSE UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA (UiTM) MALAYSIA as their Research and Development Center!

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to encourage exchange of cyber security knowledge during his first official Malaysian visit
UiTM Named First Tertiary Education Recipient of Dedicated Kaspersky Research Centre for Cyber Security Research & Development


Shah Alam, October 15, 2009 – Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions launched the Kaspersky Academy education programme at the University of Technology MARA (UiTM) during his first official visit to Malaysia. The purpose of the visit was to encourage closer ties between Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab and to facilitate the exchange and sharing of cyber security knowledge.




In conjunction with the launch, the Russian cybersecurity guru delivered a presidential lecture on ‘Taking Responsibility for the Internet’ that was attended by the Vice Chancellor of UiTM, YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim bin Abu Shah as well as hundreds of tertiary students from UiTM and other tertiary educational establishments.



He also opened the first dedicated Kaspersky Research Centre in Malaysia at UiTM dedicated to cybersecurity research and development among tertiary students.

Kaspersky Lab is currently among the top five vendors of information security solutions in the world. The company’s products and technologies are used by over 250million people worldwide. Headquartered in Moscow, it has five regional divisions and numerous local offices throughout the world, including Malaysia.

Eugene Kaspersky encouraged more Malaysians to participate in the programmes offered through the Kaspersky Academy as a starting point to careers in the secure content management solutions industry. With the number of cyberthreats on the rise, there is a need for a wider pool of programmers from more varied cultural backgrounds.

“Cybercriminals often exhibit culturally-linked patterns in their schemes, and battling them effectively sometimes requires outthinking them through the thought processes of a different culture. Malaysian culture and Malaysian thinking may provide fertile ground for information security experts. We can learn from each other,” said Eugene Kaspersky.

The Kaspersky Academy operates across the four main areas of education, academic partnership, science and competition to provide opportunities for young people to gain exposure to the world of information security.

Much of the coursework is self-study with online discussion and mentoring. Major conferences such as ‘IT Security for the Next Generation’, diploma projects, internships and part-time work placements, as well as support from the Internet security community provides additional learning and nurturing opportunities.

National, regional and global competitions and Olympiads will be organized in order to hone the skill levels of participants to a higher degree.

“At present the Kaspersky Academy has seen over 220,000 participants and is available globally through more than 1,200 schools and institutions of higher education with approximately 20,000 teachers, professors and advanced students ready to assist and support participants,” said Eugene Kaspersky.

The Vice Chancellor of UiTM, YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim bin Abu Shah said the choice of UiTM as the venue for the first Kaspersky Research Centre in the nation was recognition of the strides the institution had made in shaping a student population of tech-savvy, out-of-the-box thinkers.

“As UiTM celebrates its 71st convocation, this recognition from Kaspersky Lab is much appreciated as it serves to highlight how far we have come as an institution of higher learning that can produce quality graduates who can rival the best in the world,” said YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim bin Abu Shah.

In his lecture, Eugene Kaspersky outlined the alarming nature of online threats, with malware now squarely aimed at making money rather than mischief. As online crime has become a multimillion dollar industry, all the parties involved have come to accept the risks rather than exposing the full extent of the problem and undermining consumer confidence.

“One of the latest trends is ATM systems being infected with Trojans giving criminals total access to money. While financial institutions are aware of this theft, they are unable to prevent it because they don’t know what to do,” explained Eugene Kaspersky.

He noted that gaps in legislation, the reluctance of victims to inform law enforcement agencies of these crimes, the difficulty of tracing anonymous professionals and the cross border, international nature of cybercrime makes it particularly difficult to prosecute.

According to Eugene Kaspersky, the relative anonymity of Internet users is the key issue regarding cybercrime.

“To design a safer e-World we need better Internet regulation, such as Internet Passports for individuals, accreditation for businesses, and temporary storage of necessary requests, whilst there is also a need for what I term an Internet-Interpol which will see more international police collaboration on cybercrime,” he elaborated.

Three students’ research papers received awards and cash prizes of RM3,500 (USD1,000) each for their participation in the Malaysian Cup of the Kaspersky Academy International Students’ Conference “IT Security for the Next Generation”. The students’ papers will be submitted for the next round of the competition, the SEA Cup, where they will be measured against other participants from South East Asia before qualifying for the International Cup that will be held in Poland next year.

Top 3 Winners of the Malaysian Cup of the Kaspersky Academy International Students’ Conference “IT Security for the Next Generation”
Student’s Name Research Title Cash Prizes Won
i. Saharuddin Saat Capturing Web Application Threats Using Virtual CMS Honeypot RM3,500
ii. Hamid Heidari Design Patters and Refactoring for Security in Social Networking Applications RM3,500
iii. Mahdi Sahlabadi & Hanif Mohaddes Deilami Design Patters and Refactoring for Security in Social Networking Applications RM3,500

1 Special Award Winner of the Malaysian Cup of the Kaspersky Academy International Students’ Conference “IT Security for the Next Generation”
Student’s Name Research Title Cash Prizes Won
i. Asnita Hashim Normal Signature Based IDS for e-café RM3,500

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About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab delivers the world’s most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. Kaspersky Lab is one of the top vendors of information security solutions in the world. The company’s products and technologies are used by over 250 million people worldwide, its technology is licensed by leading security vendors globally. The Kaspersky Lab group of companies is headquartered in Moscow, has five regional divisions and numerous local offices throughout the world. You can learn more about Kaspersky Lab by visiting http://www.kaspersky.com.


About Eugene Kaspersky
Eugene Kaspersky’s love for mathematics determined his “technical” future. One of his hobbies during high school was to solve problems published in mathematical journals. During his last few years in high school, he attended extracurricular classes in physics and mathematics at a dedicated program organized by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Eugene spent his last two years of high school taking physics and mathematics courses in a specialized program for gifted students organized by and affiliated with Moscow State University.

In 1987, Eugene graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, where he studied mathematics, cryptography and computer technology, majoring in mathematical engineering.

After graduating, Eugene worked at a multi-disciplinary research institute. It was there that Eugene first began studying computer viruses after detecting the Cascade virus on his computer in October 1989. Eugene analyzed the virus and developed a disinfection utility for it – the first such utility he developed. He started collecting malicious programs and disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection later formed the foundation of the famous antivirus database in Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

Today, this database includes more than 1.3 million records and is one of the most complete antivirus databases in the world.

In 1991, Eugene joined the KAMI Information Technologies Center, where he and a group of colleagues developed the AVP antivirus project, which became the prototype for Kaspersky Anti-Virus. International recognition of the project arrived in 1994, when the virtually unknown AVP won a contest conducted by Hamburg University’s test lab, demonstrating a higher virus detection rate than the most popular antivirus programs at the time.

In 1997, Eugene and his colleagues decided to establish an independent company, becoming the founders of Kaspersky Lab. From that moment, he has headed the company’s antivirus research.
In 2007, Eugene was named CEO of Kaspersky Lab.

Eugene is a laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, and a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

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