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.
18 januari 2023
Zekeriya Erkin appointed board member at ACCSS.
Dr. Z. Erkin was appointed as a board member for ACCSS. He will act as vice-chair as of December 2022. ACCSS (pronounced as ‘access’ and short for ACademic Cyber Security Society), is the association for scientists who are active in the field of cybersecurity in the Netherlands, both in the natural sciences as well as from the alpha and gamma sciences.
10 januari 2023
Zekeriya Erkin chosen as chair of IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee
The TC’s responsibility is to promote activities around information forensics and security. The TC has significant role in IEEE ICIP, ICASSP and W-IFS and IEEE Trans on IFS, which is the top journal in the field.
12 december 2022
Prof. Georgios Smaragdakis was named ACM Distinguished Member
Prof. Georgios Smaragdakis, head of the Cybersecurity Section, was named Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Member for "Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing". The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes each year "ACM members with at least fifteen years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field".
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
TU Delft Cybersecurity group is organizing IEEE Euro S&P 2023
TU Delft Cybersecurity group is organizing the 8th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy in Delft between July 3-7, 2023.
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 juli 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.