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KESS2 Scholarship: Threat Intelligence for Industrial Process Control Systems in CNI (MRes)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 02, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

This is a funded MRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to study a system and its associated technology which could lead to entirely new approaches in Command and Control Systems. The selected candidate will apply their skills and ambition to construction of an advanced prototype system that can perform The Application of Pattern of Life Analysis to the Problem of Early Intrusion and Threat Detection and Classification. This project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of networking and command and control research.

Programme of Research:

Current practice in Threat Intelligence focuses upon the analysis of open-source data feed such as Twitter and data mining on the Dark Web. The is a significant research challenge relating to data fusion of multi-factor and form data via the application of artificial intelligence techniques to provide predictive analysis and generate early warning indicators.
The project seeks to develop and validate a Threat Intelligence Model for Industrial Process Control Systems in CNI. In particular, the aims of this project are as follows:
• To develop a Threat Intelligence Model for CNI
• To validate that model through a series of case studies relating to Industrial Process Control Systems in CNI.
• Derive operational data sets from Thales reference systems
• Analyse and fuse multiple sources of data to develop a methodology and service process:
o Predict likely targets and vulnerabilities as well as the probability of success, impact and severity;
o Generate early warning of incipient attacks;
o Produce intelligence feed of latent vulnerabilities;
o Produce intelligence feed of mitigation strategies.

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Ian Wilson
Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 2nd February 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11.5k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.
The position is available from 1st April 2020

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