Photo - Winning USM Team N2L in action
Penang based Universiti Sains Malaysia [USM] has won the F-Secure Inter-Varsity IT Security 2014 competition, which was organised by security firm F-Secure and the national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation, MDeC.
USM led by 255 points over two other teams in the finals of the competition, which was created to attract more undergraduates into the information security field said the organisers.
The competition was officiated by MDeC chief operating office Ng Wan Peng while the panel of judges included Pn Eneng Faridah Iskandar, senior director, Outreach and Engagement Division of national regulator MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission), Jose Cequena, senior manager of F-Secure Labs Kuala Lumpur and Chang Kim Meng, service manager of F-Secure Labs Kuala Lumpur.
"MDeC, the driver of MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia initiative is indeed honoured to collaborate with F-Secure in the concerted effort to improve the skills of our undergraduates and fresh graduates," said MDeC's Ng. "MDeC's Talent Division has formulated and introduced a host of programmes which are aimed at meeting the demands of the current and future workforce requirements of the ICT industry at the local and global levels," said Ms Ng.
MCMC's Eneng said: "As the regulatory body for the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia, MCMC places high importance on security issues and as such, is always supportive of efforts to further develop expertise and knowledge in the area. This competition is also in line with MCMC's Klik Dengan BijakTM Programme, that emphasizes the importance of safety, security and responsibility in the use of ICT and we commend F-Secure on this initiative".
Meanwhile F-Secure general manager, Ingvar Froiland, said, "Due to our everyday involvement requiring us to be online, security plays an important sector in the IT industry. With such competition, we strongly believe in investing and nurturing young minds by providing platforms for these future leaders to contribute to the industry". He continued, "Being one of the pioneers in providing top IT security solutions, we would like to put a footprint in the industry in accordance to offering and inventing premium grade information security solutions and services to users at large."
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