Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (January 2024)

The master’s theses defences of the Cybersecurity MSc programme (IVCM) taught jointly by TalTech and the University of Tartu will take place on 15 Janbuary 2024, starting at 11:20AM (EEST) on-site (TalTech room ICT-411) and over Teams.

Time: 11:20 – 12:00
Student: Giorgi Okroshidze
Title: Comparison of SOC Workflow Automation Options for SMEs and Practical Impact Analysis
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 12:00 – 12:40
Student: Marita Müüdla
Title: Reporting of Cybersecurity Incidents Among Estonian Government and Government-Affiliated Organizations
Supervisor: Sille Arikas
Reviewer: Aleksi Kajander

Time: 12:40 – 13:20
Student: Fathin Adebiyo Dosunmu
Title: Exploring the Complexity Criteria of Mobile Malware: an Examination of its Impact on the Analysis Process.
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi


Cyber Security Newsletter 2023-10-12 (i-voting / RK2023)

Other events (not related to RK2023):

Research articles:

  • [2023-08-23] A research article by Tobias Hilt, Kati Sein (Cybernetica), Tanel Mallo (Cybernetica), Melanie Volkamer and Jan Willemson (Cybernetica): “Voter Perception of Cast-as-Intended Verifiability in the Estonian i-vote protocol”. The researchers performed semi-structured interviews with 13 voters to investigate the perception of individual verifiability in online elections in the aftermath of the 2013 parliamentary election in Estonia. The study finds that the voters clearly lack comprehension of the real purpose of the verifiability step (i.e., to detect a malware attack).
  • [2023-09-22] A research article by Jan Willemson (Cybernetica) and Kristjan Krips (Cybernetica/UT): “Estimating carbon footprint of paper and Internet voting”. The paper compares the carbon footprint of paper voting in polling stations with the emissions of i-voting in KOV2023. The results show that paper voting has about a 180 times higher carbon footprint, owing largely to the need to transport the voters to the polling stations and back.
  • [2022-10-01] A research article by Piret Ehin (UT), Mihkel Solvak (UT), Jan Willemson (Cybernetica) and Priit Vinkel (Cybernetica): “Internet voting in Estonia 2005–2019: Evidence from eleven elections”. The article examines Internet voting in Estonia over 15 years and 11 nation-wide elections.
  • [2022-09-24] A research article by Cornelia Sindermann, Dmitri Rozgonjuk (UT), Mihkel Solvak (UT), Anu Realo (UT) and Kristjan Vassil (UT): “Internet voting: the role of personality traits and trust across three parliamentary elections in Estonia”. The researchers investigated what affects the decision to use or not use internet voting. The work indicates that, out of the Big Five personality traits, it is only Agreeableness that seems to be related to trust in internet voting and the use of internet voting.
  • [2022-07-19] A research article by Jan Willemson (Cybernetica): “Towards Identifying Social Factors behind (In)Efficiency of Voting Security Measures”. In this article, the author analyzes various social factors that could explain why different countries implement different security measures in their voting systems. E.g., why in Switzerland coercion and vote buying is not part of the threat model, while voting systems in other countries try to implement measures against these attacks.
  • [2022-06-08] Kristjan Krips (Cybernetica/UT) defended his PhD thesis “Privacy and coercion resistance in voting”. Among other things, the work contains a great amount of information about the Estonian i-voting system. The work indicates that the attack resistance of paper voting tends to be overestimated, while the Estonian internet voting system could also be improved.
  • [2022-06-06] A research article by Maris Vutt (UT): “Electronic Voting in Adopting Resolutions of Limited Companies: The Example of Estonian Law”. The article provides an overview of how Estonian companies implement electronic voting in shareholders’ meetings. The author finds that although the law contains no precise requirements, it should be taken into account that the procedure laid down for electronic voting must ensure the identification of shareholders as well as the security and reliability of electronic voting.

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (May 2023)

The master’s theses defences of the Cybersecurity MSc programme (IVCM) taught jointly by TalTech and the University of Tartu will take place on 29 May 2023, starting at 9:00AM (EEST) in Zoom.

Time: 09:00 – 09:40
Student: Ayooluwa Samuel Ayoola
Title: Phishing Campaigns and Security Awareness Training in a Sport Betting Company
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Rain Ottis

Title: 09:40 – 10:20
Student: Ankit Rana
Title: Assessment of Cyber Security Awareness Among Delhi Students
Supervisor: Kaie Maennel
Reviewer: Tiia Sõmer

Title: 10:20 – 11:00
Student: Luisa Caretta Hopp
Title: Application of the Metagraph to the Aviation Supply Chain: a Case Study
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Benedict Gross
Reviewer: Ahto Buldas

Title: 11:00 – 11:40
Student: Sander Eesmaa
Title: Supply Chain Information Security Management in Estonian Organizations
Supervisor: Kristjan Karmo
Reviewer: Adrian Venables

Title: 11:40 – 12:20
Student: Rudolfs Ludis Kelle
Title: Furthering Industrial Control System Intrusion Detection Systems’ Advancement by Analyzing the IEC 60870-5-104 Protocol & its Traffic
Supervisor: Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Title: 13:00 – 13:40
Student: Janika Pirel Jasmin Hirvi
Title: An Analysis of Database Manipulation Techniques in iOS
Supervisor: Matthew James Sorell
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Title: 13:40 – 14:20
Student: Nikita Timokhin
Title: Structural Assessment and Automatic Aggregation of OS X Forensic Artifacts
Supervisor: Pavel Tšikul
Reviewer: Matthew James Sorell

Title: 14:20 – 15:00
Student: Helena Ingermann
Title: Windows Subsystem for Android – Forensic Analysis
Supervisor: Shaymaa Mamdouh Khalil
Reviewer: Pavel Tšikul

Title: 15:00 – 15:40
Student: Onyeka Kelvin Onyema
Title: Designing an e-Learning Application for Phishing Attack Recognition based on Cialdini’s Persuasion Principles
Supervisor: Kaido Kikkas
Reviewer: Stefan Sütterlin

Title: 15:40 – 16:20
Title: Student: Dmytro Martynov
Handling Concept Drift for Mobile Malware Detection
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi


Cyber Security Engineering bachelor’s theses defense in TalTech (January 2023)

Defence of bachelor theses in Cyber Security Engineering programme takes place on 19 January 2023 at 15:00 in room ICO-316.
Members of the committee: Valdo Praust (head), Kaido Kikkas, Mohammad Tariq Meeran, Aleksei Talisainen

Student: Mihhail Karagjaur
Title: Ransomware Detection with Machine Learning

Student: Dominik Zoltán Kovács
Title: Automated Vulnerability Scanning of the Network Segments of an Internet Service Provider

Student: Benedek Matveev
Title: The NIST SP 800-53 Revision 5 Standard Compliance at an IT Startup: an Applicability Analysis and Implementation

Student: Vladislav Sidorenko
Title: A Method for Bypassing the Valve Anti-Cheat System in Video Games


Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (January 2023)

January 13 (online):

Time: 10:00
Student: Janika Pirel Jasmin Hirvi
Title: An Analysis of the Impact of Common Crime Scene Errors in Mobile Phone Evidence Handling
Supervisor: Matthew James Sorell
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 11:00
Student: Siim-Alexander Kütt
Title: Stride-Based Black Box Penetration Testing Methodology for Micro-Mobility Services
Supervisor: Shaymaa Khalil
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 12:00
Student: Pavel Kargin
Title: Development of a Third Party Applet for the Estonian National ID
Supervisor: Juhan-Peep Ernits
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs

Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2022 (June)

The defences are taking place on the first and second week of June.

May 31 (online):

Time: 09:15
Student: Xuejun Wu (Computer Science MSc)
Title: Security in Remote Update of Medical Devices
Supervisor: Tuomas Aura, Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Denizalp Kapisiz

May 31 (online):

Time: 13:00
Student: Kert Tali (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Parallel and Cloud-Native Secure MultiParty Computation
Supervisor: Riivo Talviste, Pelle Jakovits
Reviewer: Eero Vainikko

Time: 13:45
Student: Karl Hannes Veskus (Computer Science MSc)
Title: Privacy-preserving data synthesis using trusted execution environments
Supervisor: Liina Kamm, Sven Laur
Reviewer: Arnis Parsovs

June 3 (online):

Time: 11:45
Student: Geitrud Pank (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Lab Package: Mobile application security testing
Supervisor: Dietmar Pfahl, Hina Anwar
Reviewer: Alejandra Duque-Torres

June 3 (online):

Time: 10:30
Student: Olivier Levasseur (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Model-Driven Engineering of Blockchain Oracles
Supervisor: Mubashar Iqbal, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Vimal Kumar Dwivedi

Time: 11:15
Student: Ekaterina Zhuchko (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Formal Analysis of Non-Malleability for Commitment Schemes in EasyCrypt
Supervisor: Denis Firsov, Sven Laur
Reviewer: Peeter Laud

Time: 12:00
Student: Sanam Nisar (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Defining Blockchain-Based Techniques for Privacy Conflict-Resolution in CrossOrganizational Processes for E-Health Systems
Supervisor: Aleksandr Kormiltsyn, Alex Norta, Vimal Dwivedi

Time: 12:45
Student: Anel Abylkassymova (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Machine Learning Method For Detecting Botnet Attacks Originated From The Iot Networks
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Sven Nõmm, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Time: 13:30
Student: Gediminas Milašius (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Integration Analysis of Various eID Authentication Solutions Used in the Private Sector of Estonia
Supervisor: Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Kristjan Krips

Time: 14:15
Student: Elizabete Liene Šterna (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Security Architecture of the Latvian eParaksts mobile
Supervisor: Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Inguss Treiguts

June 7:

Time: 12:15
Student: Anna Shamritskaya (Innovation and Technology Management MSc)
Title: Information security assessment in a startup
Supervisor: Mari Seeba, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Juliia Trabskaja

Time: 9:15
Student: Anita Sarv (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Implementation of multifactor authentication in Bank of Estonia
Supervisor: Toomas Krips
Reviewer: Jürmo Mehine

Time: 10:45
Student: Mark Robin Kalder (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Bug bounty programs and ethical hacking
Supervisor: Alo Peets, Margus Niitsoo
Reviewer: Anne Villems

Time: 12:00
Student: Allan Alikas (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Privacy preserving anonymization software
Supervisor: Sulev Reisberg
Reviewer: Liina Kamm

June 8:

Time: 10:00
Student: Semjon Kravtšenko (Computer Science BSc)
Title: The Estonian Mobile-ID implementation on the SIM card
Supervisor: Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Jürgen Niinre

June 9:

Time: 13:00
Student: Kristjan Pühvel (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Password cracking and hashing functions on the example of UT accounts
Supervisor: Alo Peets
Reviewer: Kristjan Krips

June 10:

Time: 14:30
Student: Kalmer Keerup (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Implementation of an user access control respecting file server
Supervisor: Tarmo Oja, Heili Orav
Reviewer: Mart Oruaas


Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (May 2022)

Cyber Security curriculum MSc theses defences on May 30th 2022 (online):

Time: 10:00
Student: Marek Koppelmann
Title: Estonian Defence League’s Cyber Defence Unit Enhancing Vital Service Providers’ Cyber Security (closed)
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Andrew J. Roberts

Time: 11:00
Student: Frank Korving
Title: DACA:Automated Attack Scenarios and Dataset Generation
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Andrew J. Roberts

Time: 11:40
Student: Jürgen Erm
Title: Hybrid Analysis of Vulnerability Management Practices in Organizations to Outline Success Factors
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Adrian Venables

Time: 13:00
Student: Kristjan Kaunis
Title: Hypervisoor Agnostic Scenario Definition Language for Cyber Ranges
Supervisor: Dr Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Olaf Maennel

Time: 13:40
Student: Rait Leinus
Title: Cryptocurrency as a Replacement for Traditional Online Payment Methods
Supervisor: Dr Alexander Norta
Reviewer: Raimundas Matulevicius

Time: 14:20
Student: Tomoya Tanaka
Title: Development of IDS/IPS Specifically Designed for ETSI ITS-G5-Based V2X Communication
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 15:00
Student: Michailas Ornovskis
Title: Secure Software Development Lifecycle Reference Meta-Architecture
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Tiia Sõmer

Cyber Security curriculum MSc theses defences on May 31th 2022 (online):

Time: 10:00
Student: Mario Širic
Title: Feasible Route Mapping
Supervisor: Matthew Sorell
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 10:40
Student: Marje Salumets
Title: Threat Modeling of the Blockchain Protocol: Preserving Data Trust, Privacy and Security in Physical Supply Chains
Supervisor: Dr Kaido Kikkas
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 11:20
Student: Holger Rünkaru
Title: Method for Defending Against Living Off the Land Attacks with Built-In Features of Windows
Supervisor: Pavel Tšikul
Reviewer: Alejandro G. Manzanares

Time: 12:40
Student: Dominika Helena Jantas
Title: Strategic Considerations to Counter the Cyber Threat of Malicious Deepfakes in Greek Society
Supervisor: Adrian Venables
Reviewer: Rain Ottis

Time: 13:20
Student: Triin Viitmaa
Title: Forensic Analysis for Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 11
Supervisor: Shaymaa Khalil
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Time: 14:00
Student: Orkhan Gasimov
Title: Compare and Contrast Analysis of Log Parsin Algorythms: Perspective of Efficiency and Pattern Detection Rate
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 14:40
Student: Pasquale Polverino
Title: NetFlow Anomalies Detector Using Prophet Forecasting Model
Supervisor: Kieren Nicolas Lovell
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Cyber Security curriculum MSc theses defences on June 2nd 2022 (online):

Time: 10:00
Student: Marieke Jahn
Title: Forensic data Acquisition Software Development Framework for Integrated Smart Home Ecosystems
Supervisor: Pavel Tšikul
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Time: 10:40
Student: Fahad Alamgir
Title: A Risk Based Decision Approach for Handling Digital Device at a Crime Scene
Supervisor: Matthew Sorell
Reviewer: Pavel Tšikul

Time: 11:20
Student: Roman Šumaylov
Title: Evaluation of Resource-Constrained Transfer Learning Approaches for IoT BotNet Detection
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Sven Nõmm

Time: 12:40
Student: Georgios Kontis
Title: Technical and Organizational Challenges on Enhancing Cybersecurity with Artificial Intelligence
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Kave Salamantian

Time: 13:20
Student: Seyed Mohammad Hadi Mirsadeghi
Title: Deep Learning-Based Detection of DDoS Attacks in Software-Defined Networks
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Sadok Ben Yahia

Time: 14:00
Student: Roberta Murniece
Title: Can We Trust the Google Maps Timeline?
Supervisor: Matthew Sorell
Reviewer: Shaymaa Khalil

Time: 14:40
Student: Olga Šenberg
Title: The Role of Individual and Organizational Factors on the Employees’ Information Security Awareness and Vulnerability Management Efficiency
Supervisor: Kaie Maennel
Reviewer: Stefan Sütterlin

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (January 2022)

Defence of master theses of Cyber Security curriculum on January 10th 2022 online:

Time: 09:00
Student: Anupam Rakshit
Supervisor: Pelle Jakovits
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 09:40
Student: Diana Carolina Burbano Valencia
Title: EU Cybersecurity Certification: Case Study Analysis For Implementation in the transportation sector in the EU
Supervisor: Andrew Roberts
Reviewer: Kave Salamatian

Time: 10:20
Student: Kingshuk Chowdhury
Title: Cloud Incident Handling: Challenges and Best Practices
Supervisor: Kieren Nicolas Lovell
Reviewer: Adrian Venables

Time: 11:40
Student: Sanjina Ershad
Supervisor: Sten Mäses
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

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