F-Secure working to boost Malaysian students’ security skills

Team MD1337 from Asia Pacific University emerges as champion in the annual IT security competition.


Cyber security company F-Secure announced Team MD1337 from Asia Pacific University as the champion of its annual IT Security Competition Malaysia 2016.

The challenge, now in its fourth year, encourages students to demonstrate their academic knowledge and personal interest in the field of IT security. Team NOPsled of UNIKL were the first runner-ups, while team Skynet101 of Multimedia University won third place.

“We are truly honored and excited to be crowned as the champion of this esteemed competition,” said Marat Omaraliev, team leader of MD1337. “Our motivation to win was driven by our understanding of how cyber threats pose an everyday risk for Internet users, and our desire to help make Malaysians safer. By grasping the negative impact of prolonged cyber attacks in the country, we were able to use that knowledge to address the questions asked during the challenges.”

As the winning team, MD1337 walked away with three Apple laptops worth RM 5,000 each. Team NOPsled took home three iPads worth RM 2,000 each as first runner-ups. The third place team, Skynet101, won three smartwatches worth RM500 each.

All participants also received a one year, three-device license for F-Secure SAFE, internship and project opportunities with industry partners, and free student passes to ‘AVAR 2016’. AVAR is an annual cyber security conference that draws a global audience of professionals from the IT and digital security industries.

Handing over the prizes to the winners, Ingvar Froiland, director and general manager of F-Secure said that the judges had a tough time choosing the top finalists.

“We were very impressed with Team MD1337, as they showcased a vast understanding and knowledge of IT security. We felt that this display of proficiency best embodied F-Secure’s belief of creating a safer Malaysian cyberspace.”

Enhancing the future of Malaysia’s IT Security

“Cyber threats continue to be a serious issue that needs to be addressed swiftly, and one of our main goals is to increase the public’s awareness of cyber security in order for the nation’s digital economy to flourish. This is also why we embarked on a strategic partnership with MDeC to organize annual security competition that is dedicated to provide a platform for students to not only embrace vital IT skills, but to also enhance their security knowledge. All of this is being done to contribute to a safe IT future for Malaysia,” added Fredrikson.

Launched on February 29th 2016, this year’s competition consists of 10 universities participating in the security challenge, including Asia Pacific University, Multimedia University, Monash University, Uniten, UNIKL, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, University Teknologi Petronas, and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Working in teams of three members, the pre-qualifying round consisted of F-Secure visiting participating universities to shortlist the 10 teams. In the semi-finals, teams were then challenged to solve a series of puzzles consisting of reverse engineering and assembly language challenges, while the finals included questionnaires related to the above-mentioned topics.

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