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Endeavor Entrepreneur Mariano Nuñez wins T35 Award

By Hilary Saccomonno

Technology Review Magazine is honoring Endeavor Entrepreneur Mariano Nuñez as one of the 35 recipients of its internationally renowned T35 award.

Nuñez was the first to find a weakness in the security of software developed by SAP, a multinational company and market leader in enterprise application software. To fortify SAP software, Nuñez created a program that tested for vulnerabilities in its online platform, which is used by various governments and major companies. The expertise he gained while solving SAP’s security problems led him to develop his own software development firm, Onapsis. Today, Nuñez is being honored for the revolutionary work he has contributed to his field with an award that has garnered an international reputation for spotlighting those exceptional young talents who have created new and innovated existing technology.

Nuñez holds a degree in Systems Engineering from the National Technological University in Argentina. While working as a consultant in various fields of computer security, he was assigned to review the safety of a web application that ran on an SAP platform. He discovered that vulnerabilities in the security of his client’s product arose from vulnerabilities in the SAP platform on which it ran. To minimize the likelihood of attacks to his client, Nuñez innovated SAP software and ended up making a more broad impact than he thought by benefiting all organizations using an SAP platform. His insights and efforts have become critical to the lives of people belonging to the many countries, companies and organizations using SAP software. At the age of 21, he was recognized as an expert in his field and invited to speak at a Black Hat Europe conference, and two years later he started Onapsis, which signed the United States Army, AXA Group, Sony Electronics, Roche and Siemens as early clients. Today he is being honored by Technology Review for creating software that is highly specific in function but whose broad application has allowed it to have an international impact.

Technology Review is a quarterly magazine published by MIT and uses the T35 award to annually honor 35 innovative individuals under the age of 35. Recipients come from a variety of industries such as biotechnology, energy, software and internet transport and who work within universities, private research, government and small and large companies. The award is used to recognize those who develop new technology as well as those who innovate existing technology for use in solving current problems.  The T35 aspires to spotlight individuals who in addition to making relevant contributions to their specific industries also impact the larger society from which those industries emerges.

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