To commemorate its upcoming 20th year anniversary, Finjan returned to its roots with the inaugural Mobile Defense Challenge 2015 in June. This competition, offered to all enrolled students across 28 universities, has the goal to inspire the next generation to develop innovative security solutions to battle the growing number of cyber threats.
Nearly 20 years ago, Finjan’s founder, Shlomo Touboul, entered a similar competition to develop security solutions for Sun Microsystems’ Java programming language, helping to establish the Finjan of today.
The winning team, SeQrity, visited the Finjan offices this week to both receive mentorship from Scot Robinson, co-founder of the App company, and meet with Finjan’s executive team. In addition, Team SeQrity will receive a $40,000 grant from Finjan to be used for the development of their mobile security application.
I took the opportunity to sit down with the members of Team SeQrity: Mr. Hamidreza Nazaripouya, a PhD candidate for Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles; Ms. Shadi Emam, a PhD candidate at Northeastern University, College of Engineering; and Mr. Omidreza Nazaripouya, a Graduate Student at William Marsh “Rice” University, Department of Computer Science. They are certainly an impressive group and exemplify the next generation of thought leaders.
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The diverse educational backgrounds of each member allows each of them to bring innovative ideas and value to the group. Hamidreza is serving as the team lead, managing application development, Shadi is currently leading the project management and user interphase and Omidreza is handling the programming and overseeing the security monitoring component of the application. It is clear that real teamwork is at play and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
The quality of applications this year was impressive. Finjan would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the runner-up team whose members include Mr. Mark Santiago, an undergraduate candidate in Computer Science & Engineering at University of California, Merced; Ms. Vineesha Kasireddy, a Masters degree candidate in Software Engineering at San Jose State University; and Mr. Richard Jang, an undergraduate candidate in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University.