Kaspersky Lab’s Position
On Education of the Public
and Dissemination of Knowledge

We believe that sharing experience — be it with local communities, users, other companies or government agencies — can substantially speed up both scientific and social progress. This is why we are committed to creating new opportunities to disseminate our expertise, and to investing our resources to support projects potentially capable of helping society to achieve a development breakthrough.

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Education

The Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) comprises more than 40 experts and has become the centre of concentration of Kaspersky Lab’s expertise. Interpol, Europol, cyber crime units of law enforcement agencies and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) consistently turn to GReAT for help in investigating cyber crime.

Kaspersky Lab has been organizing the annual global Security Analyst Summit (SAS) for the past eight years as a forum for experience sharing by industry experts, representatives of stakeholder companies and government agencies.

Ten year-old cyber prodigy Reuben Paul won a 10,000 US$ grant at SAS for his educational gaming project Prudent Games

The Kaspersky Academy Talent Lab is a unique international research contest for undergraduate students and young professionals aged 18 to 30 who have to solve practical cyber security problems, both technology-related and not. The Talent Lab gives contestants an opportunity to solve real-world, highly specialized problems, providing them with an extensive body of knowledge and expert support. Contestants compete for one of three main prizes aimed at helping them to advance their professional and personal development. Prizes include a 10,000 US$ cash award that can be used towards tuition, as well as trips to Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an advertising festival.

 
Kaspersky Lab was the driving force for 14 educational projects in 2015
 
As many as 110 young people had internships at Kaspersky Lab’s R&D Center in Moscow, Russia in 2015. KL opens its doors not only to Russian citizens, but also to nationals of other countries: five graduates of a Singapore-based university commenced 12-month internships at the KL Virus Lab in 2015.


KASPERSKY CYBERHEROES — is a tournament for school students in which grade 8 — grade 11 students create working projects designed to solve real-world global problems of information security. The primary purpose of the tournament is to support and develop young talent, promote knowledge of information security as well as helping high school seniors to pick their future profession. Contestants learn to work within a team, search for and analyze data, make presentations and speak in front of a large audience. In the tournament final, the teams behind the best projects get certificates and prizes from tournament partners and organizers.








a City
That Lay Dormant
for Three and
a Half Millennia

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Education

Akrotiri

Santorini is an island in the Aegean Sea, a world-famous Greek resort destination with white houses crowding the steep seaside slopes. In our times, cruise ships stop at Santorini, and tourists watch sunsets from numerous terraces around the island. There is practically nothing that would reveal to a casual observer that this peaceful island was the site of one of the worst natural disasters in the history of humanity. A volcanic eruption and a tsunami some 3,600 years ago destroyed a thriving Minoan civilization, a forerunner of the whole of European civilization. Kaspersky Lab has become a key sponsor of the Akrotiri dig — the excavation of an ancient settlement discovered by archeologists back in the middle of the 20th century.







Older
than Ancient Greece

The first inkling that Santorini could be an important archaeological site came in 1867, when locals told archeologists about numerous ancient artifacts discovered there. During more systematic excavation led by Spyridon Marinatos in the 20th century, archeologists discovered a well-preserved ancient city: compacted volcanic ash and pumice had ensured that two- and three-story buildings, many of which had running water and connections to sewage systems, were in excellent condition. Besides this, the murals, earthenware, ceramics, furniture and various household items which were discovered inside the buildings point to the incredibly high level of the Minoan civilization which emerged in the Aegean Sea islands, more than a thousand years before the first Roman aqueduct was built.







Santorini’s
double bottom

The archipelago of smaller islands that, together with Santorini, circle the ancient caldera, used to be one large island, on which the Minoans built their city. A violent eruption destroyed the Santorin Volcano, that was then 1,500 metres tall, creating a caldera that reached 300-400 metres below sea level. Seawater rushed into the caldera, coming into contact with magma below the volcano, resulting in a steam explosion that caused devastating tsunamis, as tall as a modern skyscraper, across the Aegean Sea. The ancient city was buried under a layer of ash and pumice. Archaeologists date the eruption that lead to decline of the Minoan civilization to 1628 B.C.E.













Atlantis
and other legends



The Minoan eruption on Santorini gave rise to many legends. According to one, the «Egyptian Darkness» of the Old Testament that descended upon Egypt as punishment for the pharaoh was in fact volcanic ash produced by the eruption. Another legend claims that earthquakes associated with the eruption destroyed the Bosporus Dam, flooding the nearly fresh-water New Euxinus Lake with seawater, creating what we now know as the Black Sea. Archaeological evidence of the high level of the Minoan civilization and the Minoans’ seafaring prowess, as well as of the last days of the island, suggest that it was Santorini that Plato described as Atlantis in his account.

Akrotiri
vs. Pompeii



The Santorini dig is not unlike Pompeii, with a few important differences. Both cities were buried under ash and pumice during Plinian eruptions, preserving both ancient communities in very good shape into the modern era. However, as the Roman civilization survived the eruption of Vesuvius, historical records of that catastrophe have survived, making it relatively easy to recreate the events of 79 CE. Unfortunately, we have no historical record of the Santorin Volcano’s cataclysmic eruption. Moreover, the structures and artifacts discovered indicate that the Minoans reached a higher level of development than the Romans, and therefore the Akrotiri excavation may yield sensational results.

A new lease of life

The joint efforts of Kaspersky Lab and the Archaeological Society at Athens have made it possible to resume the excavation at Akrotiri in 2015, after a long hiatus.

Today, Kaspersky Lab’s collaboration with archaeologists follows three main avenues at the same time: reinforcing and preserving the structures discovered in the excavation (ancient structures tend to deteriorate and crumble because of their age, the climate, and seismic activity in Santorini), restoration of murals (12.5 sq. metres of murals in the staircase of the largest building discovered so far have been partially restored), and continuing with the excavation, which, the archeologists hope, should help them discover an altar.

Kaspersky Lab has helped archeologists to create a 3D model of an ancient Minoan residential building from Santorini: