Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam VU Amsterdam

Funded Cybersecurity Higher Education

Graduated students have knowledge of:

  • security issues in system-level software including weaknesses and defenses;
  • static and dynamic analysis techniques for software (benign and malicious) ;
  • modern scalable computer and network architecture;
  • secure software development for modern, highly parallel computer systems

Top five research themes (maximum): 

  1. Malware analysis and reverse engineering
  2. Attack detection and prevention (binary level)
  3. Network monitoring
  4. Security for smartphones
  5. Secure and reliable operating systems

(Inter)national opportunities for cyber security research: 
We are looking for collaborations on the analysis of malware, both on smartphones and on regular PCs. We actively collect, analyse and counter-attack complex malware (e.g. in botnet-takedowns) and look forward to sharing information. Most of the software we develop (such as Argos and Minemu) is available as open source software and used by companies and universities around the world. As for our secure and reliable operating systems (based on Minix-3), we are also looking for valorization.

Any other comment about the role of Dutch CS research worthwhile mentioning to the international audience: 
The professors in the two security groups are both winners of a prestigious ERC Grant (by the European Research Council). In a recent research assessment of all computer science departments in the Netherlands (by an international and heavy-weight committee), the computer system section at VU received top scores on all evaluation criteria.


More information

Security Research group: 
1. Computer and Network Security
2. Secure and reliable operating systems

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1081 HV Amsterdam

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