In an effort to give back to the security research community, global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is announcing the introduction of the newest component of its annual Security Analyst Summit (SAS) that aims to provide the next generation of security leaders with a unique platform for information exchange with experts from the industry.
Dubbed as SAS Unplugged, which is set to take place on 10 April 2019, the segment is considered to be one the highlights of this year’s SAS, the annual conference initiated by Kaspersky Lab to gather the most respected personalities in the global data security industry.
Running for over a decade now, this year’s summit will be held for the first time in Asia Pacific at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore.
The conference provides an exclusive atmosphere that encourages debate, information-sharing and display of cutting-edge research, new technologies, and ways to improve collaboration in the fight against cybercrime among the seasoned security experts, global law enforcement agencies and CERTS as well as senior executives and security alpha geeks representing the biggest security companies around the world.
As an adjoining mini-conference of the summit, SAS Unplugged will be composed of workshops, presentations, technical tracks, and career coaching facilitated by topnotch security professionals along with the elite security experts from Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically geared towards young talents such as students and budding security researchers who are just embarking on careers in cybersecurity.
Tickets to attend the day-long segment is offered at only USD100, and academia participants will be able to enjoy 50% off the regular rate, which just covers the logistical costs of organizing SAS Unplugged. The exclusive pricing is designed to enable budding cybersecurity enthusiasts, particularly fresh graduates and junior executives, an opportunity to learn from the best minds in the security sector without the need for financial support from their respective schools or companies.
SAS Unplugged was also developed to encourage more young people to pursue careers in the cybersecurity sector and address the growing issue of cybersecurity talent shortage.
Among the key findings in Kaspersky Lab’s research into the current state of cyber skills show that three quarters (73%) of businesses admit having difficulty in finding enough IT security professionals while only one-in-four (27%) consider a career in cybersecurity. In the same study, Kaspersky Lab found out that nearly three quarters of young people (71%) are not aware of any IT security graduate opportunities or internships.
In the Asia Pacific region, a few governments have already been collaborating with the business sector and academe to establish cyber training and mentoring programs that have resulted to the uptick in cybersecurity startups in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India eventually, strengthening the local talent and producing innovative solutions against sophisticated cyberthreats.