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.

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Things That Can Already Ask You This Question

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Education

Every single day, a new, even more unexpected contraption is augmented with a microchip and a data modem. You can imagine what life is going to be like soon: if you want to sit down, you’ll have to log in. The good news is that you won’t have to commit all your passwords to memory. They are set to be replaced by biometric and behavioral user authentication. However, the Excalibur Project, which won the Kaspersky Security Startup Challenge, offers a simpler solution: your portable gadget will log you in automatically wherever necessary. While the project is getting ready to launch, now is the time to find out which common, everyday items have acquired new and unexpected functionality and are capable of recognizing you.

Detail-oriented suitcase

This is precisely what thousands of travellers who have lost their luggage have been dreaming of for decades, even centuries. Wherever your smart suitcase ends up, its embedded SIM card will enable you to track its location or engage its electronic lock. Its powerful battery can recharge other electronics, and an electronic scale will immediately warn you of excess weight. All of this, we can be sure, is just the beginning of a new era in suitcase design.

A picky piece of jewelry

The idea of making a mobile gadget as an expensive luxury item is just scratching the surface. But what about jewelry that becomes a gadget. This was pretty much bound to happen. Smart wedding rings are quickly catching up with smartphones in terms of functionality. Using jewelry to open locks, conduct financial transactions, monitor your health and get the latest news is so last year for smart jewelry. The next steps are online dating and vetting business partners.

Smart wallpaper

Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have invented a new type of home electronics which can turn the wallpaper in your apartment into one big, sensitive, interactive panel. Smart wallpaper uses built-in microphones, sensors and speakers that are connected to a computer and are designed to respond to their master’s voice instructions. This technology can also be used in food packaging, making a juice carton capable of warning you that you may have had enough juice for one day.

Trainer toothbrush

Yes, this actually exists. 3D sensors in a new toothbrush keep tabs on the brushing motion while you brush your teeth, uploading this data to an app that analyzes your brushing technique, offering suggestions for improvement or refinement as needed, and monitoring your progress. Look up your friends with the best brushing technique on your social media profile and get advice from your friendly tooth-brush guru!

Obedient desk

Only yesterday, you had to hope nobody overheard you talking to your desk, and now you can actually be proud that you can talk to your desk. This voice-controlled smart desk can quickly adjust its height to just the right level, and pass your commands along, for example, to open a door or make coffee. It would appear that furniture items will soon compete among themselves for the right to pass down the orders of their (human) master.

Excalibur Project

The Excalibur Project, which focuses on developing a one-stop user authentication scheme for all available gadgets using a smartphone, has won the Security Startup Challenge, an international startup acceleration program Kaspersky Lab is running in cooperation with venture capital funds Mangrove Capital Partners and ABRT Venture Fund. The program participants, founders of 23 IT security, healthcare, financial services, mobile and cloud technology startups, have spent three months learning, refining their products and putting together a financial plan, and competed for additional financing and support. The Excalibur Project team won 50,000 USD as well as a commitment from the challenge organizers to provide expert assistance in the upcoming project launch.