Rules of the contest

Here one may read the official rules of the Secur’IT Cup. Each participant confirms these rules to participate in the cup. We placed them here, on the main menu, so that you could read them carefully whenever you need it, and note all significant moments.

The Promoter of the Competition is Kaspersky Lab UK LTD with its registered address at New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6BJ, United Kingdom.

The competition is open to all residents worldwide aged 18-28 years, except:>

(a) employees of the Promoter or its affiliated companies;

(b) employees of agents or suppliers of the Promoter or its affiliated companies, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or

(c) members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above;

(d) to anyone who has no bank account in his/her own name.

In entering the competition, the participant confirms that he/she is eligible to do so and eligible to claim the prize(s). The Promoter may require the participant to provide proof that he/she is eligible to enter the competition.

Each participant must not provide more than one (1) entry for the competition.

The competition is open to individual or group submissions, however in case a group submission wins the Second Prize, only one representative of the group (to be chosen by the group) will be provided with the Prize (travel, accommodation and participation in the SAS conference).

Each participant must be available and willing to attend the final winners’ selection event to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on December 4-5, 2019.

This is a skills-based competition, where eligible participants are invited for submissions of their projects to identified topics (tracks) for evaluation by a panel of judges. The Promoter will send the full names of the judges to anyone who writes within one month after the Closing Date of the competition requesting details of the judges to the following address: secureitcup@kaspersky.com

The competition comprises of three stages. The initial stage and second stages (registration and project description) are open to any individual or group who is eligible to enter the competition, and the final stage is open to no more than forty (40) participants selected from the second stage entry. Prizes are only awarded to those who are selected as winners at the final stage.

The goals of the competition are:

  • Innovations development & ideas testing
  • Sharing knowledge & experience
  • Professional development & connecting

The initial two stages of the competition is registration and project description submission period will run from July 8, 2019, 12:00:01 PM London time (the "Opening Date") to October 25, 2019, 23:59:59 London time (the "Supervisory Date") inclusive.

All competition submissions must be received by the Promoter by no later than 23:59:59 London time on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after this date are automatically disqualified.

ENTRANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE CORRESPONDING TIME ZONE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.

The final stage of the competition is open to no more than thirty (30) participants selected from the second stage entry and will take place at the final winners selection event to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on December 4-5, 2019.

To enter the competition, the participant has to visit the competition website located at secureitcup.kaspersky.com(“Competition Site”) during the competition period and choose the track he/she is interested to research into or develop solutions for. 

Thereafter the participant shall create an online account and submit online entry (project description) to the form set out at the link therein.

Submission must meet the “Submission Requirements” described below.

Entries are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late. All entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner(s) may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder for that email address. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned to an email address by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email address for the domain.

No purchase necessary and there is no charge to register for use of the website.

By submitting a competition entry, the participant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions without limitation or reservation.

Each submission shall follow the criteria provided on the Competition Site and must meet the following general criteria:

  1. It must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person.
  2. It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable local laws and regulations in any state where the submission is created.
  3. It must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of the competition, as determined by the Promoter, in its sole discretion.
  4. It must be an original, unpublished work that is prepared exclusively for this competition and based on actual research activity carried out by the participant and does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
  5. It must not contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  6. It must not contain any misrepresentations or misleading statements, including via omission of material information.
  7. It must be in English or Russian language. Note that the final event will be held in English language only.
  1. Machine learning in cybersecurity
  2. Financial security
  3. Automotive security

Starting from July, 8, 2019 until October, 25, 2019 (including) the Promoter is eligible to organize up to 8 local conferences around the world, as a part of competition. During the local conferences pre-selection the participants submit their competition entries for verification. After the participants of local conferences are pre-selected, they receive notification and prepare to present their project if front of the jury board determined locally by the Promoter.

During the event eligible participants pitch their projects. Judges will evaluate and attribute a score to each pitch made up of scores based upon the criteria. Local Prize winners will be announced during the local conference.

One (1) participant (individual or team) at each local conference will be selected as First Local Prize winner by the panel of judges and receive an amount of one and a half thousand United States Dollars ($1500) to spend on his/her further education. Payment of the prize amount and any value added tax (if payable) will be made by means of a bank wire transfer in U.S. Dollars, to an account in the winner’s name and to the account number provided by the winner. First Local Prize winner also receives Global Finalist Prize described in Competition Prizes section. There are only one (8) First Local Prizes for the whole competition.

One (1) participant (individual or team) at each local conference will be selected as Second Local Prize winner by the panel of judges and receive an amount of five hundred United States Dollars ($500) to spend on his/her further education. Payment of the prize amount and any value added tax (if payable) will be made by means of a bank wire transfer in U.S. Dollars, to an account in the winner’s name and to the account number provided by the winner. There are only one (8) Second Local Prizes for the whole competition.

On or about October 28, 2019, each entry will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the criteria provided on the Competition Site. Judges will evaluate and attribute a score to each entry made up of scores based upon the criteria.

On November 1, 2019, no more than forty (40) finalists, including First Local Prize winners will be selected and announced at 12:00:01 PM London time (the “Announcement Date”) via the Competition Site. Finalists will also be notified by email using the email address provided with the competition entry and be invited to present their competition entry at the final winners’ selection event to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on December 4-5, 2019.

The Promoter will make all reasonable efforts to contact the finalists. If a finalist cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed their trip within 10 days starting from the Announcement Date, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received before the Closing Date.

At the final winners’ selection event, each finalist shall present his/her competition entry to the panel of judges in person. The panel of judges will select three (3) winners: first, second and third places.

In the event of a tie between the votes for the winners, the decision of the chairperson of the panel of judges shall be the final decision.

There may be special nominations provided by partners of the event. Promoter is not responsible for the special nominations – decision on awarding of special nominations is settled by partners of the event.

The forty (40) finalists (or less), selected from the participants in the initial stage will be awarded the Global Finalist Prize, which includes (1) Round-trip airfare (coach or available equivalent) for the finalist to travel from the major airport closest to the individual’s residence to Lisbon, Portugal to participate in the final winners selection event to be held on December 4-5, 2019; (2) double-occupancy hotel accommodation for three nights in a 4 stars hotel (Hotel Lux Lisboa Park). Additional Hotel accommodations may be provided at Promoter's sole discretion.

Each finalist is responsible for any other expenses including cost to obtain a passport or visa and any other incidental travel cost not expressly stated above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of the winner. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

One (1) finalist will be selected as First Prize winner by the panel of judges and receive an amount of ten thousand United States Dollars ($10 000) to spend on his/her further education. Payment of the prize amount and any value added tax (if payable) will be made by means of a bank wire transfer in U.S. Dollars, to an account in the winner’s name and to the account number provided by the winner. There is only one (1) First Prize for this competition.

In order to receive the First prize, potential winners must submit the tax documentation requested by the Promoter or otherwise required by applicable law, to the Promoter or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law, including, where relevant, the law of the potential winner’s country of residence. Each potential winner is responsible for ensuring that (s)he complies with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize, in its sole discretion, to the next eligible finalist selected from remaining finalists.

One (1) finalist will be selected as the Second Prize winner by the panel of judges to receive one (1) invitation to participate at the 2020 annual summit organized by the Promoter, the so-called Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit, with travel and accommodation expenses fully paid for one (1) individual by the Promoter, which includes (1) Round-trip airfare (coach or available equivalent) for the winner (or representative of the winning team) to travel from the major airport closest to the individual’s residence to the location of the summit (2) single-occupancy 5 stars hotel accommodation for all the period of the Summit.

The Second Prize winner is responsible for any other expenses including cost to obtain a passport or visa and any other incidental travel cost not expressly stated above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of the winner. Prize is not redeemable for cash. Details of the Summit are published at the Summit website at https://sas.kaspersky.com

One (1) finalist will be selected as the Third Prize winner by the panel of judges to receive invitation to participate in a Cybersecurity Conference held in the region of the winner’s residence (to be defined together with the winner) by the amount of people in the finalist team (up to 3 people) , which includes (1) Round-trip airfare (coach or available equivalent) to travel from the major airport closest to the individuals’ residence to the conference (2) Accommodation (an apartment in the city center/ hotel) (3) and a Conference registration pass.

The Third Prize winner(s) is (are) responsible for any other expenses including cost to obtain a passport or visa and any other incidental travel cost not expressly stated above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of the winner. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

Several finalist may be selected as the Special Prize winners by partners of the competition. Prizes will be announced by the partners of the competition during the final winners’ selection event. Prizes are not exchangeable and there are no cash alternatives for any of the prizes.

Prizes are not transferable to any other person.

In the event that any prize is forfeited, the Promoter may at its sole and absolute discretion allocate the prize to other participant(s), or elect not to award any forfeited prize(s) to any other party.

Prizes which including fully paid for travel tickets and accommodation are subject to the winners having the necessary travel documents to attend the event(s).

Each winner is solely responsible for his/her ability and availability to travel, for having the correct travel documents (international passport and visa if needed). The Promoter may endeavor to provide the winner with assistance for his/her visa application by providing the winner with the necessary air ticket and hotel reservation details during the winner’s visa application, but the Promoter is not responsible and shall in no way be liable to any party for the application of visa (including approval thereof).

The winner is solely responsible for benefit and use of the prizes. The Promoter shall not be liable to any party if the winner is not able to enjoy the benefit or use of the prizes (including if the winner is not able to attend the event, travel on the required dates, or if the winner does not or is not able to provide necessary details for travel or accommodation arrangements within time for arranging participation at the events). In the event of such occurrence, the winner shall be deemed to have forfeited the prize(s).

Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner(s)/finalists(s) or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize(s) except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

ALL COMPETITION ENTRIES AND ANY ACCOMPANYING MATERIAL SUBMITTED TO THE PROMOTER WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE PROMOTER ON RECEIPT AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

BY SUBMITTING HIS/HER COMPETITION ENTRY AND ANY ACCOMPANYING MATERIAL, THE PARTICIPANT AGREES TO:

  • (A) ASSIGN TO THE PROMOTER ALL HIS/HER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WITH FULL TITLE GUARANTEE; AND
  • (B) WAIVE ALL MORAL RIGHTS,

IN AND TO HIS/HER COMPETITION ENTRY AND OTHERWISE ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH HIS/HER ENTRY TO WHICH HE/SHE MAY NOW OR AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE BE ENTITLED UNDER THE COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988 AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME AND UNDER ALL SIMILAR LEGISLATION FROM TIME TO TIME IN FORCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

THE PARTICIPANT REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT HE/SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF HIS/HER SUBMITTED WORK, AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY THE PROMOTER IN THE EVENT OF ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES INCURRED BY THE PROMOTER FOR VIOLATION OF ANY THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

THE PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT THE PROMOTER MAY, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO, MAKE THE COMPETITION ENTRY AVAILABLE ON ITS WEBSITE AND ANY OTHER MEDIA, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR INVENTED IN THE FUTURE, AND IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PUBLICITY OF THE COMPETITION. THE PARTICIPANT AGREES TO GRANT THE PROMOTER A NON-EXCLUSIVE, WORLDWIDE, IRREVOCABLE LICENCE, FOR THE FULL PERIOD OF ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE COMPETITION ENTRY AND ANY ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS, TO USE, DISPLAY, PUBLISH, TRANSMIT, COPY, EDIT, ALTER, STORE, RE-FORMAT AND SUB-LICENCE THE COMPETITION ENTRY AND ANY ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS FOR SUCH PURPOSES.

Each participant consents to the Promoter (by itself or by appointing a third party to do so) obtaining and using, free of charge, their portraits, written statements, photos, audio and visual recordings and/or expressions of a personal nature by the Participant in all communication media, regardless of their character and specifications, using all typical means, with their subsequent modification and with potential combination with other works and inclusion in collective work for commercial, marketing and promotional purposes in connection with the Competition, the events related to the competition or the Promoter’s business activities (including promoting the Promoter’s products). The participant grants the Promoter (and any third party appointed by the Promoter) the foregoing consent on a no limitation basis (including limitations of material, time, quantity or territory). The foregoing consent extends to the image, written manifestations, visual records and visual and audio records of a participant selected to be winner.

Any personal data relating to the Participants will be collected, processed, stored, used or otherwise dealt with strictly in accordance with the Promoter's Privacy Policy available at http://www.kaspersky.com/privacy. We recommend visiting this website regularly as the Privacy Policy can be updated due to possible amendments to the law or changes of our internal processes. The participants may contact the Promoter at secureitcup@kaspersky.com for queries relating to his/her rights or for access to or correction of his/her personal data.

The Participant hereby consents to being contacted electronically, and to the processing of personal data as noted above.

The Promoter is authorized to (by itself or by appointing third party to do so) refer to the participant by the personal data provided by the Participant in publication or promotional events connected to the Competition and its results (including publishing of participant’s submitted work, activities during the competition and use of participants’ pictures to be featured alongside the Promoter’s brand products).

The participant shall ensure that all information submitted is complete, accurate, true and correct.

If the participant provides personal data to a third party, such personal data may be used by that third party in accordance with that third party's own terms and conditions and privacy policy. The Promoter cannot and does not assume responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices (including practices relating to the use, collection and disclosure of personal data) of such third parties. The participant expressly relieves the Promoter from any and all liability in connection with (i) the access and use of any third party websites, platforms or systems; (ii) any personal data submitted to any third party websites, platforms or systems; and/or (iii) the acts, omissions or defaults of any third parties.

In the event of any inconsistency, ambiguity or conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any brochure, marketing or promotional material relating to the competition, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, including any question regarding its existence or validity or construction thereof or in connection with the competition, shall be referred to and finally resolved under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with the said Rules. The seat of arbitration shall be London, England. The procedural law of this place shall apply where the Rules are silent. The language to be used in the arbitration proceeding shall be English.

If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, the Promoter may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude the participant from participating in the competition.

The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

Any questions regarding the Competition please address to secureitcup@kaspersky.com