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Monitoring Critical Infrastructure Situational Awareness (funded at UK tuition fee level, International students must self-fund the difference)

  • Full or part time
    Dr N Saxena
    Prof P R Burnap
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This PhD project aims to develop novel techniques that can be embedded into a tool for improving the situational awareness around cyber incidents in an industrial context (physical and cyber operations) of critical national infrastructure (CNI) by applying intuitive intelligence and incident detection and response.
The practical objectives of the work include threat modelling, creation of cyber incident metrics, system and log file analysis, and development of techniques and a tool.
The research questions include: (i) what can we learn about the nature of cyber-attacks? (ii) can we detect cyber-incidents in real-time?, and (iii) can we measure the impact of risks and attacks on the system to improve situational awareness?
The student will have the opportunity to be a part of the Cyber Security Research Group at Cardiff University and contribute to high-quality research. The student will also spend time at Toshiba Research Laboratory, Bristol and will work on control system and IoT security within the given context. This academic and industrial research synthesis makes this project ideal for the cutting-edge research work.

Indicative Deliverables:
• Surveys on risk, impact and state of the art: CNI situational awareness
• Threat modelling and implementation
• Creation of cyber incident metrics and analysis
• Development of detection and monitoring techniques and integration into a tool
• Testing of the security solution(s)
• Academic technical publications

START DATE: 2 January 2020 (may be extended to 1 April 2020, if no offer is made)

APPLICATIONS: (deadlines may be extended, if no offer is made)

Friday 29 November 2019 – deadline for submission of CV and cover letter to supervisors (submit through email: )
You should clearly respond to these questions in your cover letter:
1. What skills and background do you have that make you a preferred PhD candidate for this project?
2. Why are you interested in this PhD studentship at Cardiff University? (What will you gain?)

Monday 9 December 2019 - deadline for full online applications.
Apply here for 3 year full-time PhD in Computer Science and Informatics, with start date of January 2020:
If you are an international applicant, please indicate your source of self-funding in the application form.
Expected interview dates: between 16 December and 20 December 2019.

Funding Notes

This 3 year full-time studentship is funded by Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics.
Includes UK tuition fees, stipend equivalent to UKRI minimum payment (currently £15,009 p.a. in first year), plus travel/conferences, support, consumables/equipment. International applicants must self -fund the International tuition fee. For tuition fees, follow the links on the website below. Students earn additional income supporting the School’s teaching (but not sufficient to fund International tuition fees).

Entry requirements - see the website below for academic and English language requirements.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Computer Science and Informatics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 13.73

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