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Full-Time Phd Position in Evidence-based Security ResponsePosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2020-Feb-26
The Services and Cybersecurity (SCS) group at the University of Twente invites applications for a 4-year PhD position in evidence-based security response.
In this PhD project, we will investigate ways to automatically collect relevant evidence of an ongoing attack in order to detect it, to assess its impact and, eventually, to decide on how to respond to it. An example of relevant evidence for an attack can be a detected anomaly in a monitored IT infrastructure. In order to decide whether the anomaly is part of an attack, we require more evidence such as whether it shows similar behavior as anomalies produced by previously seen attacks. We will research different methods (particularly based on Machine Learning) for the automated collection of relevant evidence associated with a particular attack and, based on it, for the (semi-)automated analysis of the evidence to determine the impact of the attack and to provide associated mitigation and response strategies. The offered PhD position is part of a joint research project with TU Eindhoven and the security company Bitdefender.
The prospective PhD candidate is expected to perform high quality and internationally visible research that gets published at some of the top security conferences and journals. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Willem Jonker, Dr. Andreas Peter, and Dr. Andrea Continella from the Services and Cybersecurity (SCS) group (www.utwente.nl/scs) of the University of Twente. The candidate will be appointed for a period of four years, at the end of which he/she delivers a PhD thesis. During this period, the PhD student has the opportunity to broaden his/her knowledge by joining international exchange programs, to participate in national and international conferences and workshops, and to visit other research institutes and universities worldwide.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The offered PhD position is in the context of the SeReNity project funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in collaboration with the security company Bitdefender and TU Eindhoven.
As a PhD student at the UT, you will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment;
Please send your application before 26 March 2020 (deadline: 25 March 2020, 23:59 CET) via the 'Apply now' button, and include:
a motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this PhD position;
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.
The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.