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Recently, ITMO hosted the finals of the international CTF cybersecurity tournament that was held under the aegis of the 5th International Municipal BRICS+ Forum. Participants from over 90 countries took part in the tournament, while the winners split the $10,000 prize fund. This year, the best results were achieved by Russian teams.
Until November 14, students can apply for the I Am a Professional contest to win internships at major Russian companies, admission bonuses when entering the country’s top universities – and a cash prize of up to 300,000 rubles. ITMO University is curating three of the contest’s tracks, including Information & Cyber Security. In this article, Andrey Yuganson, the track’s curator and associate professor at ITMO’s Faculty of Secure Information Technologies, unveils what it takes to win the contest.
In a few days, online registration for the contest I Am a Professional will close for this year’s participants. All winners of the contest will have the chance to enter some of the country’s best universities without exams and gain access to the contest’s career center, while those who make it to the top and become the contest’s medalists will also enjoy prize money and internships at major Russian companies. This season, ITMO is responsible for three tracks within the contest, including Information & Cyber Security. In this article, we will introduce you to this field and offer a few tips on how to best prepare for the contest.
A few days ago, Yandex.Eats, a food delivery app by Yandex, suffered a data leak – a map of its users’ personal data (including names, phone numbers, addresses, and expenses over a period of six months) was published online. The company admitted that personal data of some users leaked on March 1 but stressed that this was an isolated incident. These days, any major IT business faces the threat of data leaks – on the online black market, there are even specific price ranges for user data from different services. We asked ITMO’s Dmitry Tatarov, an engineer at the Faculty of Secure Information Technologies, how companies can protect their data and what users should do if they find their personal data online.
The university will be in charge of three key tracks: Robotics, Programming and Information Technologies, and Information and Cybersecurity, as well as corporate track Technology Entrepreneurship (jointly with Gazprom Neft). Sberbank will act as the main partner of ITMO’s tracks. The contest is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation as part of the Social Elevators for Everyone initiative of the national project Education.