Georgetown Technology Management Student Wins First Place in Kaspersky Essay Contest

 
 

Georgetown Technology Management Student Wins First Place in Kaspersky Essay Contest

Danny Brothers, a master’s degree candidate in Technology Management at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, won first place in the Kaspersky Academy Paper Competition on cyber security topics. As winner of the 2014 Americas Round, he gets an expense-paid trip to Sweden where he will present his paper with the winners of the Asia-Pacific, Russia and European rounds.

“We are very proud to have Danny Brothers representing Georgetown in Stockholm this coming June,” said Dr. Beverly Magda, dean of the Technology Management program. “The Kaspersky Academy Conference, now in its seventh year, is a prestigious international event attended by top antivirus analysts, industry experts, scientists and professors.”

The theme of this year’s Kaspersky Academy conference series was “CyberSecurity for the Next Generation.” Georgetown’s new metro-accessible campus in downtown Washington, D.C. was chosen to host the Americas Round from March 31 to April 2, 2014.

A ‘distinctive’ presentation

Brothers won the conference’s student contest with a paper and presentation entitled “NSA, The Market Maker.”

He focused on how the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs have galvanized corporations, start-ups and unaligned individuals to better secure digital communication. Brothers asserted that new technologies can enable companies to increase their economic power, industry stature and data security.

Winner Danny Brothers with Kaspersky staff and Georgetown staff

The judging panel called his paper and presentation “distinctive” and noted that he was “able to withstand tough questions from the judges and the audience.” In addition to the Sweden trip, Brothers won $1500 from Kaspersky Lab for his paper and the Best Overall Presentation.

A total of six Georgetown Technology Management students presented papers at the conference. The presenters included:

  • Michael Ward and Amritpal Rai on “Cyber Threat Concerns of Autonomous Vehicle Deployment”
  • Timothy Evans on “The United States & Ethical Cyberwarfare”
  • Catherine Taegel on “How Small Federal Consulting Firms are Managing the Security Implications of the Federal Government’s Movement of Data to the Cloud”
  • John Steitz on “Toward Secure Firmware in the Internet of Things”

Georgetown staff and conference participants with Eugene Kaspersky

About Danny Brothers

When he is not taking classes towards his Technology Management degree, Brothers is a Georgetown University employee. He serves as an IT Program Manager in the Office of Advancement.

Brothers will graduate this spring and hopes to work for small tech startup that fosters camaraderie and the feeling of working towards a common goal.

He decided to attend the conference as an audience member because he wanted to hear from Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of Kaspersky Lab and pioneer in the field of cyber security. Kaspersky led the judging panel that ultimately chose Brothers as the winner.

“I had written a 20-page term paper for Roger Nebel’s Cryptography and Network Security course that felt was a pretty good fit for this competition. I trimmed it down to the required 10 pages and submitted it,” said Danny Brothers. “I was shocked to find that I won. I owe a debt of gratitude to my TM faculty and staff, plus my fellow students. I am excited to represent Georgetown at the next level of the competition.”

More information
Conference recap on Storify
Technology Management Program
Kaspersky Academy

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