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KESS2 Scholarship: Visualisation for Cyber Security

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Here is an interesting opportunity to develop new and insightful visualisation and analysis techniques for cyber security and situational awareness using technology such as Virtual Reality as well enhancing your transferable knowledge and experience. The project will build on existing research within this new area, e.g. to explore the feasibility of constructing and operating a Virtual Reality Computer Network Defence capability. This will be achieved via the construction of a proof of concept prototype.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government.

This project is backed by ITSUS. ITSUS was created in 2008 by communications engineers with a powerful pedigree in the defence industry, where they spent many years designing, testing and implementing secure systems for the most challenging environments. ITSUS is a specialist network consultancy which delivers that crucial combination of security and efficiency, both expertly and cost-effectively, to clients in the most demanding environments. Its highly-experienced and agile team designs, integrates, tests and implements innovative and tailored network solutions for government, the military and defence industry, financial services, the health service, energy firms and utilities.

Programme of Research

This project aims to explore novel synergies of commercial off-the-shelf products for virtual reality, visualisation and analysis to support cyber security and situational awareness. In particular, to address the challenge of navigating big data for cyber security via an immersive environment that facilitates user interaction and collaboration for situational awareness. To this end, the successful candidate will review existing research, engage with special interest groups (e.g. https://vizsec.org/), synthesise solutions to a broad range of related problems, draw conclusions and publish findings.

Eligibility of Student

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must: · have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration. · have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship. · be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines. · satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process *East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff/ Newport/ Monmouthshire/ Powys/ Wrexham/ Flintshire

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

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time PhD programme and pay a stipend of circa £14k p.a. There is also around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance. The position is available from 1st January 2019/1st April 2020.

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