To find efficient employees in cyber security, the competition titled ‘Kaspersky Cyber Security Challenge 2019’, organized by @Bangladesh, has been officially completed for the second time in the country. Bangladesh University’s participating team ‘ESBH’ has been crowned as the champion for identifying 16 out of 340 bugs, during the day-long competition held at Daffodil International University in the capital last Sunday. The winning team members are Mahmudul Hasan Hriday, Amit Hassan. ‘Error Squad Bangladesh’ team of Pabna Polytechnic secured second place with the same number of identified security flaws. The members of the team are Priyal Islam, Alvarez Naim, Tasdi Ahmed. Center for Technology Transfer’s Team ‘302’ identified 12 bugs and secured third place. The members of the group are Asif Hossain and Russell Bhuiyan. All members of the champion team received laptops as winning the prize, the first runner-up team received smartphones and the second runner-up team received tablet PCs in the contest. They also received crest and certificates. Foreign experts along with Bangladeshi experts in cybersecurity judged the contest.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Telecommunication and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar said, “Bangladesh was far behind in terms of technology, but that has changed. In Bangladesh, the number of Internet users in the country was 8 lakh in 2008 which no is 10 Crore. 80% of people use the Internet on mobile. We will bring 5G within the year 2021. So everyone should be aware of Internet Security. That is why everyone has to come forward to participating in this kind of competition.”
Mr. Abdullah H Kafi, the President of the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) attended the grand finale as the Chief Guest. Md. Anowar Habib Kazal, Senior Assistant Director of Public Relations at DIU; Shampa Parvin, Executive Director of Creative IT Limited; ICC Communications General Manager Atiqur Rahman; Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul, Marketing Manager of Smart Technologies BD Limited; Rezwana Khan, General Secretary of BWIT; Mirsad Hossain, Head of Software Business at Bangladesh Smart Technologies limited; Professor Dr. Touhid Bhuiyan, Professor & Head of Department of Software Engineering at DIU; Nafis Kafi, Head of Business IT Creative Ltd; Hridoy Khan of Walton Digitech’s Head of Training and Development; Arif Mainuddin, Managing Director at Decodes Lab; Dewan Ashikuzzaman; Tamjid Rahman, Cyber Security Specialist of E-Generation Limited; Syed Almas Kabir, Mahmudul Hasan Shaon, Security Leader of @Bangladesh; President of BASIS; Aminul Hakim, President of the Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB); and Towhid Hossain Secretary-General of BACCO were also present at the occasion.
The activation program began at Barisal University from December 10. Activation activities were completed in more than 10 universities in Dhaka, including Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Comilla. Out of which 250 teams registered and 50 teams participated in the grand finale of the competition. The conclusion of the competition and the award-giving ceremony was held at the Dhanmondi campus of Daffodil International University on Sunday, December 29This year’s main competition was focused on web vulnerability assessment. Competitors also had the opportunity to earn money by participating in the Kaspersky Bug Bounting Program.
‘With the slogan ‘Be the Ultimate Security Specialist’, Kaspersky was the title sponsor, powered by sponsor Walton Computer. E-Valy was the gold sponsor. The co-sponsors were Creative IT Institute, ICC Communications Ltd., and SCSL. The strategic partners are BASIS, ISPAB, and BACCO. The media partner of the contest was Concito PR. The various episodes and grooming sessions was telecasted live by Dhakalive.tv.