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February 11, 2010

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Network Attack Impact Analysis and Counter Measure Deployment via the Application of Behavioural Engines

University of Glamorgan - Faculty of Advanced Technology
Programme of Research:

Behavioural engines are a new and more effective approach than the traditional, large, rule-based engines. In particular they are far more effective at eliciting tacit knowledge and maintaining internal self-consistency, which in turn produces a system that is easier to adapt as systems change. This makes behavioural engines an attractive proposition for analysing CNA, as attacks are becoming more complex and are continually adapting. However the application of such engines to this area has not been researched. Instead basic rule-based systems is the nearest available technology.

The aim of this PhD project is to research the basic methods by which such engines can be applied and based on the best of those methods examine the feasibility of real-time computer network attack impact assessment and response being performed via the application and extension of a multi-attributed based heuristic behavioural engine.

This PhD project will seek to create a system that is capable of receiving computer network defence and computer network management data in real time and perform an impact analysis calculation of for the selection and deployment of a policy driven security countermeasure via the Application of Behavioural Engines. Thus the goals are:

•To extend the core behavioural engine to support the policy-directed assimilation and analysis of multiple data sources across multiple security domains.
•To utilize a policy engine for the selection and deployment of security countermeasures across multiple security domains.
•To validate the feasibility of such an approach will via the construction and execution of a proof of concepts demonstrator.
Please note: the studentship is open to persons holding UK/EU passports only.

Applications are invited, from highly motivated individuals with a good first degree in a computing related degree (2.1 or higher), for a full-time PhD position in the Faculty of Advanced Technology at the University of Glamorgan. Relevant subject expertise in computer network attack / computer network defence / behavioural engines would be beneficial, but not required. The student will be required to undergo a UK government security check.

A bursary amount of £13,290 (tax free) and UK/EU fees will be paid.

The closing date for applications is 19th February 2010 and interviews will be held on week beginning 22nd February 2010.

Contact details
Name: Dr. Huw Read
Address: Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan, CF37 1DL
Telephone: 01443 654287
Email: isrg [at] glam.ac.uk (replace [at] with @)

Original reference: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AAQ821/research-phd-studentship/

December 9, 2009

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PhD Studentship
Job Reference No. PhD FAT2
Salary: Stipend of £20,000 per year, minimum. Plus payment of enrolment fees
Closing Date: December 13, 2009
Interview Date: PM Wednesday 16/12/09
Terms: Permanent
Job Type: Support Staff
Job Class: External
Location: Treforest

Title of Research
QoS and Routing in Encrypted Networks

Programme of Research
This industry funded research project is in partnership with QinetiQ Ltd. The company is a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security and related markets; and work with government organisations, predominantly in the UK and USA including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.

This PhD project will be an investigation of quality of service and routing implications over all encrypted networks (AEN), based on different traffic types ands structures, scenarios and use cases for use in experimentation and demonstration.

This research is to be carried out mindful of the specific security constraints in the field of traffic management. In particular, this work will involve the following work packages:

1. Requirements Analysis
2. Solution Analysis
3. Implementation
4. Exploitation and Realisation
5. Experimentation
6. Demonstration

Applications are invited, from highly motivated individuals with a good first degree in a computing related degree (2.1 or higher), for a full-time PhD position in the Faculty of Advanced Technology at the University of Glamorgan. Significant experience in a major programming language is required (C++, C#, .net), with knowledge of web services such as SOAP/REST preferred. Relevant subject expertise in computer network attack / computer network defence / QoS and relevant certifications (e.g. CHECK / CREST / TIGER) would be beneficial, but not required. The student will be required to undergo a UK government security check. The PhD position is open to UK nationals only.

Closing time and date: 12 midnight Sunday 13/12/09.
Interviews to be held pm Wednesday 16/12/09.
Applicants will be informed if they are selected for interview by email on Monday 14/12/09

How to Apply
Please submit the university postgraduate research application form http://www.glam.ac.uk/apply/156/research.

Contact details
Name: Dr. Huw Read, Prof Andrew Blyth, Dr. Iain Sutherland
Address: Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan, CF37 1DL
Telephone: 01443 654287
Email: isrg@glam.ac.uk

Posted at: http://inform.glam.ac.uk/jobs/details/591/

April 2, 2008

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Funding Source: EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)

Summary:

The EPSRC has given an allocation of 4 SME Industrial Case Awards to the Welsh Assembly Government for small companies to work with any UK University.

Research projects must fit in with the remit of EPSRC, i.e. be in the field of engineering and physical sciences and be of a suitable research content to qualify for the research student’s PhD.

Industrial CASE awards are three and a half year postgraduate awards allocated to companies. The aim of the awards is to enable companies to take the lead in defining, and arranging, projects, with an academic partner of their choice.

The company is required to provide a cash contribution of a minimum of one third of the EPSRC contribution. This contribution is supplementary to EPSRC’s award. At present rates, this equates to a minimum of approximately £21,000 over the duration of the project. The company must also commit to the student spending at least three months, during the period of the award, at their premises and pay any travel and subsistence costs the student accrues during this period.

A company allocated an award is required to choose the academic partner which hosts the Industrial CASE student. Once the academic partner has been selected and the arrangements for the project have been agreed between the company and university, the student can be recruited. For 2008-09 awards, the earliest start date will be 1 October 2008.

Please find attached the application form which should be completed and returned electronically to Lisa Wheatley by the deadline, to be followed by a hard copy to the address below signed by both the company and the University by Tuesday 3rd June 2008.

Lisa Wheatley Research and Development Adviser Department for the Economy and Transport (DE&T;) Welsh Assembly Government

Proposals will be judged by a panel and all applicants informed of the panel decision by Tuesday 17th June 2008.

Sum: £60-90k approx. over 3 ½ years.

Deadline: Friday 30th May 2008 at 5pm.

Funder and Scheme Link: Industrial CASE