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Security Upon Tyne team achieve 3rd in the Economist Cyber Security Challenge

The Economist and Kaspersky Lab CyberSecurity challenged 19 universities from the UK and USA to build a blockchain system for digital voting. The Economist only gave 2 weeks to implement a proof-of-concept voting system, write a 3000 word report and produce a 2-minute elevator pitch video as well as a 5-minute video. Newcastle Unversity’s team 'Security Upon Tyne' (Maryam Mehrnezhad ,Ehsan Toreini and Paddy McCorry) competed in the challenge and achieved third place (the only UK university in the top three finalists). It came after New York University and the University of Maryland. Newcastle’s full solution can be found here.

For full details of the challenge, see:, and here at the Kaspersky website.

In the announcement of the winners (see the video in the above link), Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Kaspersky Lab and the sponsor of this competition, said: "Newcastle University’s (proposal) is the best solution in which remote voting is permitted." 

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central said:

“It was a great pleasure to meet and congratulate the team on their success in such an important competition.
“Our changing society leaves us increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, making cyber-security a fundamental challenge. I am so pleased to see Newcastle students making such a great contribution to protect our democracy.”
To access the award-winning submissions from the Kaspersky Lab Cybersecurity Case Study Competition, please visit The Economist's Which MBA site.


News: Security Upon Tyne team achieve 3rd in the Economist Cyber Security Challenge

published on: 4 May 2017