EPSRC iCase PhD in Computer Science and Informatics: Intelligent Malware Profiling for Automated Campaign Detection
This EPSRC Industrial CASE 4 year PhD Scholarship is in collaboration with Airbus, and will include a period of on-site working at Airbus.
This project will investigate the possibility of developing algorithms to profile the characteristics of malware and link these to targeted distribution campaigns. The novel element of the research will be research into large-scale, near real-time automatic malware fingerprinting.
You will look at linking analyses to threat vectors including, but not limited to, certain types of malware, organised criminal gangs, infection mechanisms and device/software type. The PhD will require a blend of creative thought around infection pathways, artificial intelligence methods for representation of behavioural profiles, and scalable analysis using the distributed Cloud services.
The outcomes of the project will lead to novel computer science articles and potentially a novel service for the Airbus Security Operations Centre (SOC). The research will develop skills in malware reverse engineering, artificial intelligence methods for representing malware behaviour, and Cloud deployment of machine learning models on massive datasets.
You will be given full access to Airbus facilities in Newport and be integrated into the Cyber Operations team as a member of the research unit, providing first-hand industry R&T experience.
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