Research Assistant, TU Darmstadt, Germany, EEA
The Engineering Cryptographic Protocols Group in the Fachbereich Informatik of the Technische Universität Darmstadt is currently offering a position for a
Research Assistant in Engineering Cryptographic Protocols for Cloud Computing
with the goal to further develop the group\\\'s expertise in the area of engineering of cryptographic protocols, in particular for cloud computing environments. The position is initially assigned for 6 months, in which existing techniques for secure computation should be compared with regard to usage in cloud computing. In case third party funds are required, we aim to extend the position for up to three years and support the researcher to enroll in the Ph.D. program at Technische Universität Darmstadt.
Applicants must have completed (or be close to completing) a Master or Diplom with excellent grades in IT Security, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related subject. Knowledge in applied cryptography, IT security and programming skills are required. Additional knowledge in parallel computing, compiler construction, programming languages, and/or software engineering is a plus. We expect applicants to be highly qualified, self-motivated, and to conduct excellent, independent research within the context of EC SPRIDE, and actively support them in publishing their work on leading international conferences and journals.
Review of applications will start on July 10th, 2013 and applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
PhD studentship, University College London, United Kingdom, European Union
We are looking for outstanding candidates for a fully funded PhD studentship in cryptography. The PhD studentship is funded by an ERC Starting Grant on Efficient Cryptographic Arguments and Proofs. The studentship will provide a tax-free annual stipend of £21,000, however, ERC funding does not cover student fees (currently £4,400 for UK/EU students and £20,250 for Overseas students).
The goal of the PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr Jens Groth is to develop new and efficient zero-knowledge techniques. Zero-knowledge proofs enable a prover to convince a verifier that a statement is true without revealing any other information and are widely used in cryptographic protocols.
University College London has been recognized by the EPSRC and GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe. The Computer Science Department is one of the largest in the UK and is located at UCL\\\'s main campus in the centre of London.
Plug-and-Play IP Security: Anonymity Infrastructure Instead of PKI, by Yossi Gilad and Amir Herzberg
We present the Plug-and-Play IP Security (PnP-IPsec) protocol. PnP-IPsec automatically establishes IPsec security associations between gateways, avoiding the need for manual administration and coordination between gateways, and the dependency on IPsec public key certificates - the two problems which are widely believed to have limited the use of IPsec mostly to intra-organization communication.
PnP-IPsec builds on Self-validated Public Data Distribution (SvPDD), a protocol that we present to establish secure connections between remote peers/networks, without depending on pre-distributed keys or certification infrastructure. Instead, SvPDD uses available anonymous communication infrastructures such as Tor, which we show to allow detection of MitM attacker interfering with communication. SvPDD may also be used in other scenarios lacking secure public key distribution, such as the initial connection to an SSH server.
We provide an open-source implementation of PnP-IPsec and SvPDD, and show that the resulting system is practical and secure.