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UP student wows judges of cyber security tilt

A 20-year-old Computer Science student of University of the Philippines, Diliman was awarded the “Best Elevator Pitch” at the recently concluded Kaspersky Academy Cyber Security for the Next Generation Finals held in London. Ivan Dominic Baguio earned the citation for his poised delivery of his research paper, co-written with thesis partner and classmate John Carlo Florencio, on an encryption application for Androids. Baguio bested 13 other finalists from 10 countries for the citation. Prior to the international round of the contest, Baguio was among the 15 finalists in the Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa Cup 2013 where he was named as “Best Speaker”. The Kaspersky Academy Cyber Security for the Next Generation is an annual student conference on cybersecurity issues which aims to provide a collaborative environment for students, experts, scientists and researchers. Research papers by undergraduate and post-graduate students are then carefully evaluated by a panel of top global security professionals, where top three papers are awarded prizes in the final round. It was the second time Philippine representatives were able to enter the grand finals. In 2012, U.P. Diliman students Joshua Arvin Lat, Rod Xavier Bondoc and Kevin Charles Atienza bagged the top prize for their research paper on a secure online USB-based login system for online accounts. Application for the next year’s competition starts in October 2013 with updates at https://www.facebook.com/KasperskyStudentConference.
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