4 PH entries in Kaspersky Lab 2014 tilt

Posted at 03/13/14 2:56 PM

MANILA – Four research projects designed by Filipino students are among the 15 finalists in the regional round of Kaspersky Lab’s CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014.

The Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Cup of the competition is currently being held at the University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.

All four research papers are authored by Computer Science students from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Two of these papers were made by teammates Adelen Victoria Festin, Camille Salazar and Flor Marie Carmeli Sison. One is about SecuriThief, a tool that teaches children about online security in the form of a computer game with true-to-life simulations; while the other is about Communect, an open source-based communication system that lets mobile phone users make calls and send messages in areas with no network coverage or faulty signals.

The third paper from the Philippines is written by the group of Dan Antonio Reyes, John Smith Paraggua and Ray Torres. They presented the BLADE System, an easy-to-deploy solution using a two-factor authentication system.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Rose Ann Sale-Zuniga, who is taking up her master’s degree in Computer Science, solely authored a paper on a usable, secure and dynamic design for a task-role-based access control for Personal Health Record systems.

“What it does is it limits a user’s access to the system based on the task assigned to him, while tasks are based on his role. For example, a person with the role of a nurse should not be able to access sensitive medical information unless he is authorized. He can only access a patient’s medication list if, say, a doctor gives him the task to print it. After printing the list, the task ends and he should not be able to access it again unless another task gives him that privilege,” Zuniga said of her project.

The three groups from the Philippines are under the advisory of Dr. Susan Pancho-Festin, founder of UP Diliman’s Computer Security Group.

Their travel, accommodation and city tour expenses in South Korea are sponsored by Kaspersky Lab, with the students vying for cash prizes from $750 to $1,500.

The winners of the regional competition will be invited to an all-expense paid trip and accommodation to the global round in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as other cash prizes.

The Philippines and Malaysia are the only Southeast Asian countries that made it to the regional round. Malaysia had two submissions.