Finjan Announces Winner of Mobile Defense Challenge 2015

Finjan is pleased to announce the winner of its Mobile Defense Challenge 2015, a student cybersecurity mobile application competition to promote innovation, cybersecurity education, and the entrepreneurial spirit in a combined effort to identify next generation consumer privacy and data protection technologies for mobile platforms.

The winning team is comprised of members 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 ("Team SeQrity"). Team SeQrity submitted the winning proposal entitled, Influential Manner of Smart-Phone Applications on User's Privacy through Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition Methods. To make it through to the final round, each team produced a white paper explaining their thesis, working wire frame models of the applications, and an introductory video to educate the judges on the consumer needs that would be met by the project.

"The judges were both impressed and inspired by the several proposals submitted in response to our inaugural Mobile Defense Challenge. The decision was difficult as we received proposals with the promise of covering many aspects of protecting consumer data and privacy on mobile platforms. Team SeQrity's proposal was chosen for its comprehensiveness as well as potential for broad applicability," stated Julie Mar-Spinola, Chief IP Officer and VP, Legal. "We look forward to working with them and fostering their continued innovation."

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Finjan for making this opportunity possible," stated Team SeQrity leader, Hamidreza Nazaripouya. "We were thrilled to learn of our selection for this honor and we deeply appreciate Finjan's support. It truly is a pleasure to have Finjan as our mentor for this project. We are delighted to move forward and start the next step and implement this application as soon as possible."

  • The winning team will receive a $40,000 grant to be used for the development of a functioning mobile security application in accordance with their proposal.  Each team member will also receive an iPad.
  • The winning team will also benefit from mentorship and guidance by Scot Robinson, co-founder of The App Company, including assistance with developing a project development plan with milestones and budget.
  • Finjan may also offer the winner(s) a paid internship at Finjan's sole discretion.

The runner-up team -- also receiving iPads -- submitted a proposal entitled, Second Chance Instant Messaging, 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.

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