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Quantum Threat Modelling for the Internet Security in 6G Ecosystem

   School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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  Dr Vishal Sharma, Dr T Duong  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The quantum computing race has taken a high and incremental pace. Several industries have started to invest billions of resources in harnessing the potential of quantum technologies. In response to this quantum race, the 6G network ecosystem is expected to expand beyond the current network technologies and incorporate the quantum realm of models to support the ideology of quantum Internet. Mobile Internet security will take a new turn when quantum internet explodes into telecommunication systems. Here, an exciting challenge is identifying the potential threat models that can help realize the security of the Internet in the quantum era as expected for the 6G ecosystem. Several aspects of securing quantum communication depend on the type of models used to evaluate the potential threats on the existing and future telecommunication systems as quantum computers become a reality, which this PhD project aims to attain as a part of its research.

Project Description:

This PhD project focuses on Quantum Internet Security. It aims to explore existing models and expand them with a new setup to allow investigation of cybersecurity threats for market readiness of the 6G ecosystem. The project will investigate the impact of threats and hazards on the resources, components, and responsible entities for integrating quantum technologies with Internet services. Strategy building, quantum protocol evaluations, and end to end solutions will be other dimensions to be explored as a part of quantum threat modelling.

Project Key Words

Quantum Internet, 6G, Network Security, Mobile Internet Security, Threat Modelling

Start Date: 01/10/22

Application Closing date: 28/02/22

For further information about eligibility criteria please refer to the DfE Postgraduate Studentship Terms and Conditions 2021-22 at

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at:

Academic Requirements:

A minimum 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science or Electrical and Electronic Engineering or relevant degree is required.

Funding Notes:

This three year studentship, for full-time PhD study, is potentially funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and commences on 1 October 2022. For UK domiciled students the value of an award includes the cost of approved tuition fees as well as maintenance support (Fees £4,500 pa and Stipend rate £15,609 pa - 2022-23 rates to be confirmed). To be considered eligible for a full DfE studentship award you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for the full three year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

For candidates who do not meet the above residency requirements, a small number of international studentships may be available from the School. These are expected to be highly competitive, and a selection process will determine the strongest candidates across a range of School projects, who may then be offered funding for their chosen project.


Recommended Readings:
[1] 6G must be quantum. IEEE 5G World Forum (WF-5G). (2021, October 13). Retrieved December 9, 2021, from
[2] Lee, C. C., Tan, T. G., Sharma, V., & Zhou, J. (2021, June). Quantum Computing Threat Modelling on a Generic CPS Setup. In International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (pp. 171-190). Springer, Cham.
[3] Akyildiz, I. F., Kak, A., & Nie, S. (2020). 6G and beyond: The future of wireless communications systems. IEEE Access, 8, 133995-134030.
[4] Wehner, S., Elkouss, D., & Hanson, R. (2018). Quantum internet: A vision for the road ahead. Science, 362(6412).
[5] Qi, R., Sun, Z., Lin, Z., Niu, P., Hao, W., Song, L., ... & Long, G. L. (2019). Implementation and security analysis of practical quantum secure direct communication. Light: Science & Applications, 8(1), 1-8.
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