A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for a student to study the advanced authorisation infrastructures for distributed autonomic systems

PhD Scholarship: Advanced Authorisation Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

Monday, 29 May 2017


A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for a student to study the advanced authorisation infrastructures for distributed autonomic systems under the supervision of  Professor Vijay Varadharajan (UoN) and Dr Anton Uzunov (Defence Science and Technology Group).

The project proposes to explore hierarchical cryptographic access control (HCAC) and capability-based models and enforcement architectures for authorisation as a core aspect of guard-focused self-protection, in a decentralized, heterogeneous architectural context.

The project is expected to encompass the following goals:

  • The investigation of HCAC and capability-based models, with emphasis on the latter, leading to the construction of one or more concrete authorisation infrastructures (conceptual authorisation model and enforcement architecture). This investigation will include a consideration of how access classes and capabilities with different privileges can be specified, what models are most appropriate for which scenarios and how they could be best combined, how access to services and to devices/nodes should be enforced in a decentralized, heterogeneous context, what adaptation mechanisms should be applied in response to changing system/operational conditions, etc.
  • An investigation of appropriate techniques for key and capability management so that keys and capabilities can be securely propagated in distributed, heterogeneous environments, leading to the development of new algorithms or the adaptation of existing algorithms.
  • One or more small proof-of-concept implementations or case studies to validate the developed models, architectures and techniques in simulated or real-life scenarios.

It is envisioned that the outcomes and outputs of the project will be specifically applicable to both IoT and autonomous cyber defense scenarios, and all case studies and/or application examples will be drawn from these areas.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

The scholarship provided through the Defence Science and Technology Group is for a period of three and a half years. The scholarship value is $26,288 p.a. indexed each year.

ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is for domestic students. The applicant must have Australian Citizenship, good GPA (at least over 5.5), Honours Class One or equivalent knowledge in cryptography and security would be helpful.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

If you have any questions about your application, please contact Professor Vijay Varadharajan (vijay.varadharajan@newcastle.edu.au)

Contact: Professor Vijay Varadharajan
Email: vijay.varadharajan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone: +61 02 4921 8687

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30th June 2017

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