at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science
The Cybersecurity group conducts research into various topics, ranging from cryptography to data analytics, and focuses on improving cybersecurity. We aim to make – in particular the digital – world safer by furthering state-of-the-art computer science theories, algorithms, and implementations.
In privacy, we develop advanced methods for homomorphic encryption and multi-party computing with application in data sharing and blockchain. In hardware, we use machine learning to develop new attack mechanisms for side-channel analysis, and evolutionary algorithms to create improved hardware designs. In networking, we build crawlers and fuzzers to collect big data sets that give us an overview of the latest security threats. In software, we develop new algorithms for automated reverse engineering or analysis of applications.
We develop solutions that contribute to the very latest technology in the fields of computer security and artificial intelligence (AI). Examples include the development of learning algorithms that can handle large network data flows, deep learning methods that are immune to common side-channel defenses, machine learning algorithms that can operate on encrypted data, and analysis of the latest security threats. We aim to publish our results in scientific journal and conferences of A and A* quality, and to transfer our scientific know-how and technologies to students, and our public and private partners in the field of cybersecurity.
We are responsible for cybersecurity education at B.Sc. and M.Sc. level in the computer science program. Since 2013, a specialization program on cybersecurity exists within the master program in Computer Science. We closely collaborate in teaching, student supervision and research with other groups within Computer Science (such as Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, and Delft Blockchain lab), and in particular with our colleagues in the Cybersecurity group at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management through the Computer Science special program Cybersecurity, and the Executive Master program Cybersecurity.
Collaborations with external organizations are essential for education and research in cybersecurity. The cybersecurity group has an extensive network of public and private partnerships, which in many cases provide us with use cases, cybersecurity data, and financial support. Our research and education can therefore be characterized as being use-inspired and fundamental, ranging from developing new security and AI algorithms to engaging with real use cases of our partners.
The research activities are organized around our faculty members.
Machine LearningWe develop new machine learning technology, in particular, state machine learning with applications in cybersecurity and software engineering. Our machine learning solutions are interpretable and useful for tasks other than prediction, such as analysis, optimization, control, and verification.
Secure Data Sharing and IntelligenceSharing privacy sensitive or commercially valuable data for improving existing services and creating new ones is essential. While doing so, it is also vital to not leak personal information about individuals. To achieve this goal, we research solutions based on Privacy Enhancing Technologies.
01 December 2022
Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi (TU Darmstadt) gives a Cybersecurity Distinguished talk on Secure Federated Learning
Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi from TU Darmstadt, Germany visited TU Delft Cybersecurity group on November 30, 2022, the "International Computer Security Day" and gave a Cybersecurity Distinguished talk on Secure Federated Learning. Title: "Pushing the Frontiers of Federated Learning: From Security Applications to Mitigation of Poisoning Attack.”
22 November 2022
Giovane Moura was appointed Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity
Giovane Moura was appointed part-time Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity on November 1, 2022.
22 November 2022
Stefano joins Cybersecurity group as a Postdoctoral Researcher
Stefano Cecconello joined TU Delft Cybersecurity group as a Postdoctoral Researcher on October 1, 2022.
02 November 2022
Kaitai from the Cybersecurity Group @ EEMCS was invited to present technical talks and introduce the group at the ONE Conference
Kaitai from the Cybersecurity Group @ EEMCS was invited to present technical talks and introduce the group at the ONE Conference - the Europe’s prime cybersecurity event, hosted in The Hague with 2000+ attendees.
28 September 2022
IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize for Cybersecurity paper
A recent paper co-authored by Professor Georgios Smaragdakis and colleagues from DE-CIX Internet Exchange, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the Brandenburg University of Technology receives the joint Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Applied Networking Research Prize.
26 July 2022
Professor Smaragdakis was interviewed about hacked solar panels
In April 2021, Jelle Ursem, a Dutch hacker, found out that the login details of a power inventor manufacturer were only in plain text! A power inventor is a power electronic device that converges direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) and is a critical part of solar panel installations. An investigation found that more than 40k power inventors of this manufacturer are already installed in the Netherlands.
07 July 2022
Privacy-preserving verifiable double auctions
Double auctions are an important part of our financial system. We designed a privacy-preserving verifiable double auction system customised for energy trading.
06 July 2022
The cybersecurity group has been granted a 3-year project
The cybersecurity group @ EEMCS has been granted a 3-year project by Horizon Europe w.r.t. “World leading data and computing technologies”. The project is called TANGO, aiming to establish a safer cross-sector data sharing, in a citizen-centric, secure and trustworthy manner.
05 July 2022
CYS Secure Biometrics Competition 2022
In collaboration with WIFS, TU Delft CYS is organizing a competition in the domain of signal processing, combining biometrics and secure computation.
13 June 2022
Els de Busser is giving a talk on Digital Justice
On the 4th of July Dr. Els de Busser, an expert on Digital Justice will give a talk: Securing Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in a Digital Context The digitalization of many aspects of society has a profound impact on governance, on processes, and on decision-making. The area of justice – traditionally laid down in old conventions, laws, norms and paper files – is particularly affected. In fact, in the past years we have redefined and still are redefining the way that justice is delivered and is received. The growing field of Digital Justice zooms in on the security-related effects of digitalization on the two larger components of justice: the institutions and infrastructures of the justice system on the one hand and the content or the substantive aspects of justice including human rights, the rule of law and democracy on the other hand.