Do you think you have what it takes to crack some of the biggest cybersecurity issues in the world?

If so, Kaspersky Lab is giving you the opportunity to test your cybercrime solving mettle with a challenge that will reward you with $10 000 (about R130 000).

TheTalent Lab international competition (which is open to South Africans) is aimed ay university students and young professionals aged 18-30, who can think they can solve topical cybersecurity challenges.

The competition will select three winners: the winner of the ‘top talent’ prize will receive a $10,000 grant for further education; the ‘security talent’ winner will be invited to SAS 2017 with all expenses covered by Kaspersky Lab; and ‘the creativity talent’ winner will get the chance to participate at the Cannes Lions 2017 with an academy pass and travel tickets covered by Kaspersky Lab.

In tota 50 finalists will be chosen, all of whom will receive additional prizes and souvenirs from Kaspersky Lab and Talent Lab’s partners, professional coaching from experts, and long-term career opportunities.

“For me, security has always been the most interesting aspect of computer science. No matter what I was doing, security would come out on top as one of the main issues to care about”, explained Ryan Naraine, head of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team.

The competition is officially open, and submissions can be made at at academy.kaspersky.com/talentlab.  The closure date for submissions is 15th November this year.

Between 15th and 30th November there will be an online evaluation, and the finalists will be announced on 1st December.

The top 50 most successful participants will be entered into the final, which will take place in Prague (Czech Republic) in February 2017, when they will have the opportunity to present their projects and compete for the main prizes.

The technical judging criteria of Talent Lab includes practical tasks in areas such as anti-malware research, cybersecurity solutions development, mobile security, cyber physical systems, Internet of Things, kids’ online security and security awareness.

Non-technical assessments require participants to work on challenges in consumer marketing, web content analysis, conceptual design and edutainment. All areas will be mentored by Kaspersky Lab’s experts. Talent Lab welcomes individual participants as well as teams.

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Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.