NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a national election in which there was certainty that every vote had been counted and that no barriers had stood in the way of citizens casting their vote. Blockchain systems, the technology behind bitcoin, may be the key.
Nineteen teams of graduate students from universities around the world have proposed how to build digital electoral systems that achieve precisely such goals in the Kaspersky Lab Cybersecurity Case Study Competition, hosted by The Economist's Which MBA? site.
"Digital technologies are playing an increasingly significant role in our lives, and it's very important to ensure our IT environment is safe and secure, both now and in the future. However, that's not so easy, given that there's a general shortage of expertise in cybersecurity: there simply aren't enough specialists in this field to bring tangible change towards better security across the world. That's why it's so important to educate and inspire the next generation of experts – who need to be better and greater in number than earlier generations like mine. And the very ambitious task of trying to create a secure blockchain-based digital voting system is an ideal place to start for the future stars of the industry," said Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab.
The competition awards a total of $21,000 in prize money to the winning teams. The first-place team will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. Second place will take home $5,000, and third place will receive $3,000 in prize money. Those top three teams will be selected by Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's fastest-growing cybersecurity companies and the largest that is privately-owned. There will also be a People's Choice award of $3,000, given to the team whose proposal receives the most votes from the public. Winners will be announced in December of 2016.
The 19 teams hail from:
- California State Polytechnic University
- Champlain College Online
- City University of New York
- DePaul University
- Drexel University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Florida Institute of Technology
- George Mason University
- Maryland Cybersecurity Center
- New York University
- Newcastle University
- Northeastern University
- Plymouth University
- Rutgers Graduate School
- Saint Peter's University
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- University College London
- University of Maryland
- Queen's University Belfast
To cast your vote in the case study competition, visit economist.com/cyberthreats.
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SOURCE The Economist