Alumnus shines in MSC Malaysia APICTA 2014

Goh posing with his certificate from MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2014

Goh posing with his certificate from MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2014

UTAR alumnus Goh Wen Bin received the Merit Award in the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) held at Wisma Radio in Kuala Lumpur on 19 October 2014.

Goh is a graduate of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Communications and Networking from UTAR Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT). He won the Merit Award in the Tertiary Student Project (Software or Hardware) category for his project titled ‘Authentication Tool for Picture Based Passwords’. It was also the topic of his Final Year Project (FYP) at UTAR.

Goh received an honours with distinction in the August 2014 Convocation and is currently working as a system engineer with an IT services company. When asked what inspired him to take on the topic, he replied, “It was listed on FICT website along with other topics for students to consider for their FYP. I have always been interested in passwords and information security. Moreover, the topic focused on picture-based password which is less common that text-based password.”

Goh maintained that the main challenge he faced in completing his FYP was to generate the idea for the creation of a new picture-based password scheme. He explained, “Since my project is a newly developed password scheme, presenting the project is also another challenge for me as I need to make sure that the audience is able to fully understand it.”

Goh also expressed his appreciation to his FYP supervisor Sohail Safdar, whom he described as a patient, knowledgeable and supportive lecturer. He said, “It was his guidance and advice that helped me to complete my FYP successfully within the given deadline. He was also the one who informed and encouraged me to take part in the MSC Malaysia APICTA 2014.”

As part of the benefits that came with the award, Goh will represent Malaysia in the International APICTA Award which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27 to 30 November 2014. When asked about his expectations for the International APICTA, he said, “I entered the competition without putting too much pressure on myself. I believe that as long as I have done my best, it is already good enough for me. My wish is to get to know members of other teams and their projects as well.”

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