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January 2010

Global Security Challenge

It is not only the start of a new year, but also the beginning of a new decade, which has resulted in the GSC team having a good think about what the future has in store for security technology. Read all about the trend predictions in the GSC Innovation Trends in Cyber Security Report, available for free in the GSC Intelligence Reports section on the GSC website

Cloud Security Challenge is now OPEN 
Apply today!

Have an innovative idea to protect access to the cloud, regulatory compliance or data integrity? 

As cloud computing is investigated and adopted by businesses, its inherent security risks are becoming more apparent.  Governments and large enterprises around the world are attracted to the benefits of the cloud, but are hesitant because of security and privacy risks.
The Global Security Challenge, together with HP Labs, has launched the first Cloud Security Challenge competition to explore radically new ideas and game-changing solutions in order to make cloud computing more secure. 

Martin Sadler, Director of the Systems Security Lab at HP Labs, says:

"The Cloud Security Challenge not only allows us to find the much needed new security technologies that will be needed to minimise the risks in using the cloud – it also allows us to find new questions that we will need to find answers to."

The winners will receive a US$10,000 cash prize and up to three of the finalists may be invited to test their technology in the HP Labs test-bed.

The Cloud Security Challenge is also supported by the Cloud Security Alliance and

Submit your idea today on the GSC website.
Free to enter.  Deadline: 15 March 2009

Crowded Places Challenge - Update  

The judges have selected 6 finalists,GSC Trophies
from all the entrants received, who will be judged in January by an independent Judging Panel consisting of government leaders, venture capitalists and industry representatives. 

The finalists are:

Princeton Lightwave – USA
Princeton Lightwave developed a novel imaging array that goes beyond the current capabilities of explosive detection systems. Its technology can detect explosive particles in real-time and from a distance of over 20 meters. 

iOmniscient – Australia
iOmniscient’s internationally patented video analytics software enables complex detection in crowded scenes despite heavy motion and obscuration.  

SensorWare Systems – USA
Originally developed at NASA to search for extraterrestrial life, the technology was spun off to operate as intelligent sensor infrastructure for situational awareness and crowd movement.  
AFIS and Biometrics Consulting – USA
AFIS  and Biometrics Consulting have developed proprietary and innovative software components for use with off the shelf sensors to create a solution which detects and identifies people in the crowd unobtrusively with high reliability.  

Aigis Blast Protection Ltd - UK
Aigis's Blast Protected Litter Bin combines a unique patented material with bin design which protects against primary and secondary fragments and blast pressure.  

Complex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research Center (CSAI) - Italy
Founded at the University of Milano-Bicocca, CSAI developed a set of methodological and computational tools for the observation, profiling and simulation of crowds.

Good luck to all the finalists!
Join the GSC in supporting new innovation

The GSC has become a leader in finding and exposing security innovation through its global competitions.

The GSC has awarded over US$1.6 million, in over 10 international competitions and is proud of its finalists and winners, who have collectively gained over US$57 million GSCin new capital.

Why not partner with the GSC in 2010 and support one of the following competitions?  
Energy Storage Challenge - supported by ONR Global and Wellington Venture Partners
Biometrics Security Challenge
Mobile Security Challenge
Second Cyber Security Challenge
Airport Security Challenge

If you are interested in supporting one of the competitions named above, or in hosting a new competition under your own brand, please email us at: 

Happy New Year!

The Global Security Challenge Team 
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GSC NewsBites

GSC Intelligence Reports
In 2009 the GSC traced over $449m in international investment in security start-ups.

To gain access to this report, plus other exclusive reports, join the free GSC Online Community on the GSC website.

Cyber Security Report

Incorporating key insights from recent interviews with thought leaders on cyber security, as well as propriety statistics, the 'Innovation Trends in Cyber Security' report summarises the current state of play in the cyber security sector and highlights key trends for the coming years.

The report is sponsored by Accenture.

You can access your free copy of the report here.

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