Photo - Participants waiting eagerly for the MMU/ F-Secure competition to start.
Three students from Multimedia University (MMU) have won the grand prize in this year's F-Secure National Inter-Varsity IT Security competition, which is organised with national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
The MMU undergraduates - Tan Jin Fu, Ong Yi Hao and Soh Chong Hwa - competed against 200 participants from 28 universities, said F-Secure Labs security advisor, Asia Pacific, Goh Su Gim, adding that competition was to provide opportunities for all full-time IT undergraduate students enrolled in all Malaysian public and private universities to participate in a friendly competition in the field of IT security.
"We strongly believe in investing and developing young minds at local universities in an effort to raise awareness on information security issues in Malaysia," said Goh. "The response from undergraduates so far has been promising. There is genuine interest for Internet security in Malaysia and with this IT security competition, we believe we had provided an avenue for more Malaysians to move into this industry."
For the past five years, F-Secure has partnered with MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) to encourage more Malaysian undergraduates to venture into the field of IT security through education, said Goh.
F-Secure representatives administered qualifying tests throughout the country, which resulted in teams flown down from Labuan and Penang to participate in the semi-finals. After a tough screening, Team 'CIA Triad' from University Sains Malaysia (USM) and 'Little Pwnies' from Multimedia University (MMU) Malacca advanced to the final round.
The winning team won the grand prize - three branded, high-end Windows 8 laptops worth RM5,000 (US$1,615) each, while the first runner-up team received three Android tablets worth RM2,000 (US$646) each. The chief judge for the competition was Mikko Hyppönen, computer security expert and chief research officer of F-Secure Corporation.
"We were overwhelmed with joy when we heard that we won! It was truly a privilege to meet the renowned Mikko himself and to learn from him," said Tan Jin Fu, team leader of 'Little Pwnies' MMU. "As a team, we gave it our best and look forward to venture into the field of IT security in the near future."
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