Category Archives: MSc Theses

Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2016/2017

Managing Security Risks Using Attack-Defense Trees
Abstract: The In this thesis, we have addressed risk management using Attack Tree. The contribution to resolve the problem in this thesis includes three steps. Obtaining an alignment from Attack-Defense trees to ISSRM. Measurement of the metrics of the nodes of tree using historical data.
Student: Salman Lashkarara
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Meelis Roos
Defense: 01.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

On Secure Bulletin Boards for E-Voting
Abstract: In this thesis, we propose a formal model for analysis of security and functionality of a bulletin board system motivated by the security requirements Culnane and Schneider introduced in Computer Security Foundations Symposium 2014.
Student: Annabell Kuldmaa
Curriculum: Computer Science (MSc)
Supervisor: Helger Lipmaa
Reviewer: Ahto Buldas
Defense: 01.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Research and Proof of Concept of Selected ISKE Highest Level Integrity Requirements
Abstract: This work takes integrity domain under detail research to meet ISKE requirements and security objectives demanded for data with highest integrity needs.
Student: Deivis Treier
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Andrey Sergeev
Defense: 02.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Method for Effective PDF Files Manipulation Detection
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to ease the process of detecting manipulations in PDF files by addressing its source code, before having to use other methods such as image processing or text-line examination.  The result is the construction of a solid and effective method for PDF file investigation and analysis to determine its integrity.
Student: Gema Fernández Bascuñana
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Pavel Laptev, Inna Ivask, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi
Defense: 02.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Establishing, Implementing and Auditing Linux Operating System Hardening Standard for Security Compliance
Abstract: This paper provides a proof-of-concept solution for being compliant with operating system hardening requirements of the company by establishing, implementing and auditing Linux (Debian) operating system hardening standard.
Student: Martin Jõgi
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Truls Tuxen Ringkjob, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Marko Kääramees
Defense: 02.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

A Prototype For Learning Privacy-Preserving Data Publising
Abstract:  This master thesis will discuss different threats to privacy, discuss and compare different privacy-preserving methods to mitigate these threats. The thesis will give an overview of different possible implementations for these privacy-preserving methods. The other output of this thesis is educational purpose software that allows students to learn and practice privacy-preserving methods.
Student: Rain Oksvort
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Benson Muite
Defense: 05.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Filesystem Fuzz Testing Framework
Abstract: In the present thesis a fuzz testing framework was built, which can be used for finding time-of-check-to-time-of-use type bugs in Linux filesystems.
Student: Vladislav Alenitsev
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Meelis Roos, Kristjan Krips
Reviewer: Karl Tarbe
Defense: 07.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Performance Testing Bulletin Board Implementations for Online Voting
Abstract: This work takes a look at two software solutions that can be used for such purpose and analyses their performance in testing environment imitating real election workload.
Student: Marek Pagel
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Sven Heiberg, Janno Siim
Reviewer: Ivo Kubjas
Defense: 07.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-404

Cybersecurity theses defence on June 9, 2017 in Tartu J. Liivi 2-403 at 10.00 AM.
Defence Committee: Raimundas Matulevičius (chairman), Olaf Manuel Maennel, Vitaly Skachek, Meelis Roos, Hayretdin Bahsi.
Grades received (random order): A, B, C, C, D.

Improving and Measuring Learning at Cyber Defence Exercises
Abstract:  This thesis takes a fresh look at learning in Cyber Defence Exercises (CDXs) and focuses on measuring learning outcomes. As such exercises come in a variety of formats, this thesis focuses on technical CDXs with Red and Blue teaming elements.
Student: Kaie Maennel
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Rain Ottis, Liina Randmann, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Sten Mäses
Defense: 09.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-403

Federation of Cyber Ranges
Abstract: This study compares two cyber ranges and looks into possibilities of pooling and sharing of national facilities and to the establishment of a logical federation of interconnected cyber ranges. The thesis gives recommendations on information flow, proof of concept, guide-lines and prerequisites to achieve an initial interconnection with pooling and sharing capabilities.
Student: Allar Vallaots
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Jaan Priisalu, Uko Valtenberg, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Rain Ottis
Defense: 09.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-403

A New Heuristic Based Phishing Detection Approach Utilizing Selenium Webdriver
Abstract: In this paper, we focus on detecting login phishing pages, pages that contain forms with email and password fields to allow for authorization to personal/restricted content. We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of our phishing detection tool “SeleniumPhishGuard”, a novel heuristic-based approach to detect phishing login pages.
Student: Ahmed Nafies Okasha Mohamed
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi
Defense: 09.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-403

Analysis of Exploit-kit Incidents and Campaigns Through a Graph Database Framework
Abstract: A great deal of automation can be achieved here by using public APIs such as VirusTotal, whois databases, IP blacklists, etc during the analysis and a first part of our work is dedicated to that. We will then show that this approach reveals patterns and clusters from which decisions can be made from a defensive perspective.
Student: Guillaume Brodar
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Toomas Lepik, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs
Defense: 09.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-403

Investigation of JTAG and ISP Techniques for Forensic Procedures
Abstract: This thesis is focusing on JTAG and ISP physical acquisitions techniques. The aim is to give an overview of these techniques from a forensic point of view and in addition to some other tests will try to prove that are forensically equivalent to any other method.
Student: Stefanos Pappas
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Pavel Laptev, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Emin Caliskan
Defense: 09.06.2017, Tartu, J.Liivi 2-403

Links:
https://www.cs.ut.ee/sites/default/files/cs/kaitsmiste_ajakava_1_2_5_06.pdf
https://www.cs.ut.ee/sites/default/files/cs/kaitsmiste_ajakava_6_7_8_9_06_.pdf

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in Tallinn University of Technology (May 2017)


Monday, May 29, 2017, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.

Grades received (random order): 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2.

Time: 10:00
Student: Kristjan Oja
Title: Cyber Security Awareness For IT Students Through Practical Assignments
Supervisor: Sten Mäses
Reviewer: Tiia Sõmer

Time: 10:40
Student: Sander Arnus
Title: Providing guaranteed log delivery and proof value of logs
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Tiit Hallas

Time: 11:20
Student: Bolaji Ayoola Ladokun
Title: An Analytical Approach to Characterization of Targeted and Untargeted Attack in Critical Infrastructure Honeypot
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Time: 12:00-13:00 – Lunch

Time: 13:00
Student: Iryna Bondar
Title: LUDROID: Evaluation of Android Malware Detection Tools and Techniques and Development of a First Line of Defense For the User
Supervisor: Emin Caliskan
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 13:40
Student:  Seifollah Akbari
Title: A New Method for the SYNful Knock Attack Implementation
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Bernhards Blumbergs

Time: 14:20
Student: Safak Tarazan
Title: GPS Spoofing/Jamming Resilient Mini UAV Implementation Strategy
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Juhan Ernits

Time: 15:20
Student: Danielle Morgan
Title: Security of Loyalty Cards Used in Estonia
Supervisor: Rain Ottis, Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Aleksandr Lenin

Time: 16:00
Student: Katrin Kukk
Title: Ensuring the digital continuity of e-Estonia in different crisis scenarios
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.

Grades received (random order): 4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 1.

Time: 10:00
Student: Christopher David Raastad
Title: Euro 2.0 – Securing an Ethereum Crypto Fiat Currency System
Supervisor: Alex Norta
Reviewer: Raimundas Matulevicius

Time: 10:40
Student: Mobolarinwa Taofeek Balogun
Title: Comparative Analysis of Industrial IoT and HealthCare System IoT for Cyberterrorism
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Ahto Buldas

Time: 11:20
Student: Chengxiang Wang
Title: Classification of Black-Box Security Reductions and Oracle Separation Techniques
Supervisor: Ahto Buldas
Reviewer: Peeter Laud

Time: 12:00-13:00 – Lunch

Time: 13:00
Student: Celik Neslisah
Title: Anomaly Detection Using Locked Shields Logs
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Mauno Pihelgas

Time: 13:30
Student: Sophio Sakhokia
Title: Developing a Cyber Security Master Programme for Georgia
Supervisor: Tiia Sõmer
Reviewer: Olaf Maennel

Time: 14:20
Student: Zaghum Awan
Title: Analytical Comprehensive Approach to Cyber Laundering and its Solutions
Supervisor: Tiia Sõmer
Reviewer: Andro Kull

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in University of Tartu (January 2017)


Cybersecurity theses defence on January 6, 2017 in Tartu J. Liivi 2-224 at 11.00 AM.
Defence Committee: Raimundas Matulevičius (chairman), Olaf Manuel Maennel, Vitaly Skachek, Meelis Roos, Hayretdin Bahsi.

Student: Christian Tschida
Title: The Way to the Specialist and Management Level of Cyber Hygiene Initiative
Abstract: The prototype, of the Cyber Hygiene e-learning course was implemented and tested in the Estonian Defence Forces in early 2016. This thesis builds up on this. It tries to clarify what data should be available to the specialists and what information should be reported to the management. Additional to many interviews with specialists and security experts, a questionnaire was created to raise coverage. The testing of the questionnaire was done at an international well known think tank.
Supervisor: Sten Mäses, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Andro Kull

Student: Mohit Kinger
Title: Enterprise Cloud Security Guidance and Strategies for Enterprises
Abstract: This thesis measures the myriad benefits of using cloud applications, and the effect of cloud computing on business performance. A nonexhaustive review of the existing literature revels that the security challenges faced by enterprises during cloud adoption and interoperability have to be addressed before the implementation of cloud computing. In this thesis, we provide a detailed overview of the key security issues in the realm of cloud computing and con-clude with the recommendations on the implementation of cloud security.
Supervisor: Andro Kull, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Alex Norta

Student: Priit Lahesoo
Title: The Electronic Evidence Examination Reporting System by the Example of West Prefecture
Abstract: This work will focus on practical issues like how to improve the speed of drawing up an electronic evidence examination protocol. The work was done basing on examination data results that collected in the West prefecture based on real work statistics and permission by the Police and Border Guard Board. As part of the work, the practical Microsoft Access application was developed by the author.
Supervisor: Truls Tuxen Ringkjob, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Student: Wael Mohamed Fathi Ahmed AbuSeada
Title: Alternative Approach to Automate Detection of DOM-XSS Vulnerabilities
Abstract: This thesis proposes an alternative methodology to detect DOM-XSS by building-up on the existing approach used by web scanners in detecting general XSS. The thesis proposes to add an extra scan layer which is an actual browser that would be resonsible for sending any request and render the recieved HTML response from webserver. To provide a proof of concept for this methodology, the thesis author created a web-based tool on that premises.
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Student: Vsevolod Djagilev
Title: Android Chat Application Forensic Process Improvement & XRY Support
Abstract: To solve a set of problems a forensic utility has been created, both manual & automated analysis of chat application data has been done. Main result in this work allows not only to perform a search, but to write a modules in Python, which can make search narrower and each of modules can understand particular format, if needed.
Supervisor: Toomas Lepik, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Emin Caliskan

Links:
http://www.cs.ut.ee/sites/default/files/cs/cybersecurity_theses_defence_schedule.pdf

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in Tallinn University of Technology (January 2017)

Monday, January 9, 2016, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.
Defense committee: Rain Ottis (chairman), Hayretdin Bahsi, Raimundas Matulevicius, Andro Kull.
The grades received (in random order): 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 2.

Time: 10:00
Student: Christian Ponti
Title: Use of ICMPv6 in a Scenario-based Experiment for Computer Network Exfiltration and Infiltration Operations
Supervisor: Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Olaf Manuel Maennel

Time: 10:40
Student: Terézia Mézešová
Title: Attack Path Difficulty – An Attack Graph-based Security Metric
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Aleksandr Lenin

Time: 11:20
Student: Jens Getreu
Title: Forensic-Tool Development with Rust
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Break – 12:00

Student: Chengxiang Wang
Title: Classification of Black-Box Security Reductions and Oracle Separation Techniques
Supervisor:
Reviewer:

Time: 13:00
Student: Dineta Mahno
Title: Design of Cyber Security Awareness Program for the First Year Non-IT Students
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Kaido Kikkas

Time: 13:40
Student: Gvantsa Grigolia
Title: Evaluation of Data Ownership Solutions in Remote Storage
Supervisor: Ahto Buldas
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu

Time: 14:20
Student: Kasper Prei
Title: Measuring Personnel Cyber Security Awareness Level Through Phishing Assessment
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Sten Mäses

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in Tallinn University of Technology (June 2016)

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Monday, June 6th 2016, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.

Defense committee: Rain Ottis (chairman), Hayretdin Bahsi, Ahto Buldas, Andro Kull, Risto Vaarandi, Raimundas Matulevicius.
The grades received (in random order): 4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,2,1,0.

Time: 09:00
Student: Ferenc Szalai
Title: Does Cyber Security Exercise Information Sharing Work?
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Lauri Palkmets

Time: 09:40
Student: Taavi Sonets
Title: Improving User Simulation Team Workflow in the Context of Cyber Defense Exercise
Supervisor: Elar Lang, Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Priit Raspel

Time: 10:20
Student: Karl Kristjan Raik
Title: Improving Web Attack Campaign Overview in Cyber Defense Exercises
Supervisor: Elar Lang, Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu

Break 11:00 – 11:10

Time: 11:10
Student: Eve N Hunter
Title: A Comparative Analysis of Cybersecurity Guidelines and Standards for Nuclear Power Plants
Supervisor: Rain Ottis, Harry Kantola
Reviewer: Sten Mäses

Time: 11:40
Student: Alvar Ristikivi
Title: Failover test measurements of load balanced infrastructure
Supervisor: Toomas Lepik
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Break 12:20 – 13:00

Time: 13:00
Student: Kristo Kapten
Title: Threat Modeling framework for Home Gaming Consoles
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Emin Caliskan

Time: 13:40
Student: Sho Yano
Title: Security Analysis on Healthcare IoT Project
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Andro Kull

Time: 14:20
Student: Juan Manuel Rodríguez López
Title: Security Risk Assessment To The Use Of Digital Charting In Colombia
Supervisor: Alexander Horst Norta
Reviewer: Olaf Manuel Maennel

Break 15:00 – 15:10

Time: 15:10
Student: Florian Gasteiger
Title: R3AD an architecture to include UAVs in National Airspace
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 15:50
Student: Nisham Kizhakkedathil
Title: A Study Into the Prospects of Implementing End-to-End Verifiability in Estonian I-Voting
Supervisor: Tanel Tammet, Vadims Žuravļovs
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs

Time: 16:30
Student: Rando Kulla
Title: Migrating PDF signing to New KSI Format
Supervisor: Jaan Priisalu, Ahto Truu
Reviewer: Ahto Buldas

Tuesday, June 7th 2016, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.

The grades received (in random order): 5,5,4,0,?,?,?,?,?,?,?

Time: 09:00
Student: Teet Laeks
Title: Raising the Awareness of Cyber Security Based on Estonian Defence Forces
Supervisor: Tiia Sõmer, Danel Apse
Reviewer: Andri Rebane

Time: 09:40
Student: Andres Sumin
Title: Evaluation method for cyber awareness course
Supervisor: Sten Mäses, Liina Randmann
Reviewer: Sten Mäses

Time: 10:20
Student: Kevin Lwakatare
Title: Contributions of Understanding and Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks
Supervisor: Anton Vedeshin
Reviewer: Alexander Horst Norta

Break 11:00 – 11:10

Time: 11:10
Student: Alexandria Elaine Farár
Title: A Deceptive Methodology Towards Early Detection of Advanced Cyber Threats
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Time: 11:40
Student: Onur Aydin Korkmaz
Title: Comprehensive Analysis of Cyber Attacks and Malware Using Low- and High-Interaction Honeypot
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Mauno Pihelgas

Break 12:20 – 13:00

Time: 13:00
Student: Mina Gerges
Title: Log Monitoring and Event Correlation on Microsoft® Windows™ Using Simple Event Correlator
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Tiit Hallas

Time: 13:40
Student: Chen Zhuge
Title: C-Based Implementation of Logcluster, a Data Clustering and Pattern Mining Algorithm for Event Logs
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Innar Liiv

Time: 14:20
Student: Morteza Fakoorrad
Title: Application Layer of Software Defined Networking: pros and cons in terms of security
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Truls Ringkjob

Break 15:00 – 15:10

Time: 15:10
Student: Zaghum Wahab Awan
Title: A GUI Simulator For WSNs Based Protocols with Energy Harvesting and Proposed Hash Based Mathematical Modelling for the Security
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 15:50
Student: Jaan Vahtre
Title: Detection of ransomware on Windows operating systems
Supervisor: Jaan Priisalu
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 16:30
Student: Vjatšeslav Panov
Title: Implementation of a Hash Function for Portable Executable Based on Structural Information
Supervisor: Truls Ringkob
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Wednesday, June 8th 2016, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-315.

Defense committee: Raimundas Matulevicius (chairman), Hayretdin Bahsi, Rain Ottis, Meelis Roos, Vitaly Skachek.

Time: 09:00
Student: Luis Carlos Herrera Velasquez
Title: A Comprehensive Instrument for Identifying Critical Information Infrastructure Services
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 09:40
Student: Camilo Andres Pantoja Viveros
Title: Analysis of the Cyber Attacks against ADS-B Perspective of Aviation Experts
Abstract: The present paper has a profound literature review of the relation between cyber security, aviation and the vulnerabilities prone by the increasing use of information systems in aviation realm.
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Sten Mäses

Time: 10:20
Student: Santiago Andres Sarmiento Bernal
Title: Detection solution analysis for simplistic spoofing attacks in commercial mini and micro UAVs
Abstract: This work analysis several spoofing detection methods found in the open literature, and selects the ones which can be suitable for mini and micro UAV technical specifications and operational scenario, for proposing a GPS spoofing detection solution developed in the application layer of an open source code Ground Control Station software SDK.
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Juhan-Peep Ernits

Break 11:00 – 11:10

Time: 11:10
Student: Allyson Ivy Hauptman
Title: Designing Digital Forensics Challenges for Multinational Cyber Defense Exercises
Supervisor: Patrycjusz Zdzichowski, Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 11:50
Student: Luis Alejandro Velasquez Hurtado
Title: Colombia and the intelligence cycle in the 21st century, the digital age
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Rain Ottis

Break 12:30 – 13:20

Time: 13:20
Student: Didier Dubey Suarez Medina
Title: Assessment of Web-based Information Security Awareness Courses
Supervisor: Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez
Reviewer: Rain Ottis

Time: 14:00
Student: Yuri Andrea Pinto Rojas
Title: Development of National Cyber Security Strategies (NCSSs), and an Application of Perspective to the Colombian Case
Supervisor: Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Break 14:40 – 14:50

Time: 14:50
Student: Alex Uriel Duran Santos
Title: Organizational Interaction Mechanisms Affecting Strategic Decision-Making During Cybercrime Investigations
Supervisor: Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu

Time: 15:30
Student: Carlos Arturo Martinez Forero
Title: Tabletop Exercise For Cybersecurity Educational Training; Theoretical Grounding And Development
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to suggest the improvement of potential and perceived weaknesses on the educational components of cyber security strategies, discussing awareness-training models with significant impact on the participants, focusing on strategic decision-making level personnel that could partake of cyber related incidents.
Supervisor: Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Uko Valtenberg, Tarmo Tuisk

Links:
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http://www.cs.ut.ee/sites/default/files/2016/loput88d/DEFENCE%20OF%20CYBER%20SECURITY%20CURRICULUM%20THESES_in%20Tallinn_2016.pdf

Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2015/2016

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Defense committee: Dominique Unruh (chairman), Siim Karus, Vitaly Skachek, Dirk Oliver Theis, Raimundas Matulevicius.

A Cost-Effective Approach to Key Management in Online Voting Scenarios
Abstract: Since smart cards both offer reasonable prices and expose an API for development, this document evaluates different approaches to implement threshold encryption over smart cards to support an electoral process.
Student: Sergio Andrés Figueroa Santos
Curriculum: NordSecMob (MSc)
Supervisor: Sven Heiberg, Helger Lipmaa, Tuomas Aura
Reviewer: Ivo Kubjas
Defense: 02.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Revision of Security Risk-oriented Patterns for Distributed Systems
Abstract: In this thesis, we target the secure system development problem by suggesting application of security risk-oriented patterns. The applicability of these security risk-oriented patterns is validated on business processes from aviation turnaround system.
Student: Silver Samarütel
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Alexander Horst Norta
Defense: 02.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Role Based Access Control as SecureUML Model in Web Applications Development with Spring Security
Abstract: In order to support and simplify the model-driven approach for a web application development with Spring platform, realization of a concept plugin for Eclipse IDE is proposed. This plugin supports the recognition of Spring Security notations with capability to visualize the RBAC model on top of them.
Student: Andrey Sergeev
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Henri Lakk
Defense: 02.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Secure and Efficient Mix-Nets
Abstract: This thesis studies a zero-knowledge shuffle argument proposed by J. Furukawa in 2005. Firstly, we provide a more detailed and easily readable description of the shuffle and shuffle-decryption zero-knowledge protocols than in the original paper. Secondly, we provide two new characterizations of a permutation matrix and two simple modifications of the shuffle protocol that reduce the computational complexity.
Student: Janno Siim
Curriculum: Computer Science (MSc)
Supervisor: Helger Lipmaa
Reviewer: Sven Laur
Defense: 02.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

A Comprehensive Protocol Suite for Secure Two-Party Computation
Abstract: In some scenarios, a two-party model is a better fit when no natural third party is involved in the application. In this work, we design and implement a full protocol suite for two-party computations on Sharemind, providing an alternative and viable solution in such cases.
Student: Sander Siim
Curriculum: Computer Science (MSc)
Supervisor: Dan Bogdanov, Pille Pullonen
Reviewer: Dominique Unruh
Defense: 06.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

An improved type system for a privacy-aware programming language and its practical applications
Abstract: he goal of this thesis is to make it easier to add protection domain kinds to the SecreC language by allowing the programmer to define the protection domain kind data types, arithmetic operations and type conversions in the SecreC language without changing the compiler.
Student: Ville Sokk
Curriculum: Computer Science (MSc)
Supervisor: Dan Bogdanov, Jaak Randmets
Reviewer: Vesal Vojdani
Defense: 06.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Energy Harvesting in Cooperative Communications
Abstract: Energy harvesting (EH) is a crucial technology for a variety of wireless systems that have limited access to a reliable electricity supply or recharging sources. In this thesis, the design of a multiple access relay system (MARS) using EH is considered.
Student: Akashkumar Rajaram
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Nalin Jayakody, Vitaly Skachek
Reviewer: Bin Chen
Defense: 06.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Security of Eduroam Passwords
Abstract: The University of Tartu has decided that the university’s eduroam accounts will share the same user credentials as the rest of the university’s services. This could potentially be abused by exploiting weaknesses in wireless security in order to gain access to a user’s university account. The aim of this research was to uncover any such weaknesses.
Student: Raul-Martin Rebane
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Dominique Unruh
Reviewer: Meelis Roos
Defense: 06.06.2016, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Applying a Security Testing Methodology: a Case Study
Abstract: This thesis aims to describe and apply a process necessary to verify the security of a web application. A checklist of security requirements was gathered combining OWASP ASVS web application security standard and OWASP Top Ten project.
Student: Karin Klooster
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Meelis Roos, Margus Freudenthal
Reviewer: Kritjan Krips
Defense: 08.06.2016

Word frequency based log analysis
Abstract: The purpose of this bachelor thesis is to explore if you can use word frequency based analysis for log files and find interesting events without knowing the log structure.
Student: Karl Lääts
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Meelis Roos
Reviewer: Artjom Lind
Defense: 08.06.2016

Randomly Distributed PIN Code Input Layout
Abstract: This thesis examines the possibility of reducing the visual security breach of PIN code input by randomising the input field.
Student: Rain Tõugjas
Curriculum: Computer Science (BSc)
Supervisor: Tauno Palts, Kristjan Krips
Reviewer:
Defense: 08.2016

Smart Home Hacking
Abstract: This work investigates the security and privacy issues found at an emerging smart home technology such as the CoSSMic platform.
Student: Suela Kodra
Curriculum: NordSecMob (MSc)
Supervisor: Danilo Gligoroski, Marie Moe, Dominique Unruh
Reviewer: Raimundas Matulevičius
Defense: 18.08.2016, 09:30, Liivi 2-403

Cache-Timing Techniques: Exploiting the DSA Algorithm
Abstract: This work explains some of the cache-timing techniques commonly used to exploit vulnerable software. Using a particular combination of techniques and exploiting a vulnerability found in the implementation of the DSA signature scheme in the OpenSSL shared library, a cache-timing attack is performed against the DSA’s sliding window exponentiation algorithm.
Student: Cesar Pereida Garcia
Curriculum: NordSecMob (MSc)
Supervisor: Billy Bob Brumley, Dominique Unruh, N. Asokan
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs
Defense: 26.08.2016, 11:00, Liivi 2-403

Links:
https://comserv.cs.ut.ee/ati_thesis/index.php?year=2016
http://www.cs.ut.ee/sites/default/files/2016/loput88d/Kaitsmiste%20ajakava.pdf

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in Tallinn University of Technology (January 2016)

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Monday, 18 January 2016, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-411:

Time: 10:15
Student: Ennio Calderoni
Title: DNS Security: Analysis of Alternatives and an Android DNSSEC-Aware Browser
Supervisor: Truls Tuxen Ringkjob
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 10:55
Student: Kadri Tahsildoost
Title: Usable Security of Two Factor Authentication Methods
Supervisor: Jaan Priisalu
Reviewer: Maria Claudia Solarte-Vasquez

Break 11:35 – 11:45

Time: 11:45
Student: Nisham Kizhakkedathil
Title: An Empirical Analysis of Current Estonian i-voting Model: Challenges and Prospects
Supervisor: Tanel Tammet
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu

Time: 12:25
Student: Panagiotis Marzelas
Title: A Social Media Honeypot Method to Detect Spear Phishing
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Sten Mäses

Time: 13:05
Student: Seyedmorteza Zeinali
Title: Analysis of Security Information and Event Management
(SIEM) Evasion and Evasion Detection Methods
Supervisor: Bernhards Blumbergs
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Break 13:45 – 14:00

Time: 14:05
Student: Jesse De Boise Wojtkowiak II
Title: Addressing Insider Threat Vectors in an Information Society
Supervisor: Alexander Horst Norta,
Supervisor: Mauno Pihelgas
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 14:40
Student: Alvar Ristikivi
Title: Failover Test Measurements of Load Balanced Infrastructure
Supervisor: Olaf Manuel Maennel
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Defense committee: Risto Vaarandi, Rain Ottis, Olaf Maennel, Raimundas Matulevicius, Hayretdin Bahsi.

The grades received (in random order): 4, 3, 3, 2, 1, 0, 0.

Cyber Security master’s theses defense in Tallinn University of Technology (June 2015)

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Thursday, 4 June 2015, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-411:

Time: 09:00
Student: Vladimeri Tskhakaia
Supervisor: Jüri Kivimaa
Reviewer: Rain Ottis
Title: IT Security Cost Optimization Model for ProVoice Holding AB

Time: 09:40
Student: Sten Mäses
Title: Evaluation Method for Human Aspects in Information Security
Supervisor: Aare Klooser
Supervisor: Liina Randmann
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Tiia Sõmer

Break: 10:20-10:30

Time: 10:30
Student: Olga Dalton
Supervisor: Roger Kerse
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Olaf Maennel
Title: An Automated Framework for Securing iOS Applications

Time: 11:10
Student: Anti Räis
Supervisor: Elar Lang
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Kaur Kasak
Title: Hands-on Laboratory on Web Content Injection Attacks

Break: 11:50-12:30

Time: 12:30
Student: Triin Muulmann
Supervisor: Silver Püvi
Supervisor: Rain Ottis
Reviewer: Truls Ringkjob
Title: Information Security Management Learning Object for Vocational Schools

Time: 13:10
Student: Onur Aydin Korkmaz
Title: Discovering And Analyzing New Malware

Friday, 5 June 2015, Akadeemia Tee 15a, Room ICT-411:

Time: 09:00
Student: Kevin Kamugisha Lwakatare
Title: A proposed IT security risk management policy and guidance for University of Dar es Salaam

Time: 09:40
Student: Ragnar Kreis
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Jaan Priisalu
Title: Smart Contracts and Digital Identities

Break: 10:20-10:30

Time: 10:30
Student: Sergei Komarov
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi
Reviewer: Teemu Väisänen
Title: Choosing Open-Source Flow-Based Network Monitoring Solution

Time: 11:10
Student: Artur Tychina
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Mauno Pihelgas
Title: Implementation of Corporate Data Leakage Prevention in Estonia

Break: 11:50-12:30

Time: 12:30
Student: Rainer Aavik
Supervisor: Jüri Kivimaa
Reviewer: Andro Kull
Title: Optimization of information technology security costs of Enterprise Estonia based on ISKE and the Graded Security Model

Time: 13:10
Student: Recai Adar
Supervisor: Jüri Kivimaa
Reviewer: Rain Ottis
Title: Software Development of a Web Portal and Research and Solution of Security Problems on it

Time: 14:00
Student: M. A. A. Mohamed Ali
Supervisor: Truls Ringkjob
Reviewer: Indrek Rokk
Title: Analysis of Malware Protection Solutions in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Environment

Defense committee: Risto Vaarandi, Rain Ottis, Ahto Buldas, Olaf Maennel, Raimundas Matulevicius

The theses of Olga Dalton (An Automated Framework for securing iOS Applications) and Sten Mäses (Evaluation Method for Human Aspects of Information Security) received the highest grade “5” and participated in ICT thesis contest 2015. Congratulations!

Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2014/2015

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An Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Security Requirements Elicitation
Abstract: Security Quality Requirements Engineering (SQUARE) and Security Requirements Elicitation from Business Processes (SREBP). This thesis compares the two methods based on an empirical case study of the Estonian Football Association. The elicited security requirements are categorized and the completeness of their coverage is compared.
Student: Karl Kolk
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Fredrik Payman Milani
Defense: 26.02.2015

The Analysis and Design of a Privacy-Preserving Survey System
Abstract: This master’s thesis describes the design and business processes of the prototype of a secure survey system using secure multi-party computation. The design of the system is also described in this paper and is illustrated with a deployment model.
Student: Meril Vaht
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Dan Bogdanov
Reviewer: Raimundas Matulevicius
Defense: 04.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-405

Pattern Based Security Requirement Derivation with Security Risk-aware Secure Tropos
Abstract: In this master thesis we investigate the integration of a pattern based security requirement elicitation process in the goal-oriented IS development. By performing this integration we aim at providing a process that enables the elicitation of security requirements from Security Risk-aware Secure Tropos (RAST) models. The contribution of this thesis are five Security Risk-aware Patterns expressed using RAST.
Student: Atilio Rrenja
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Peep Küngas
Defense: 04.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-405.

Comparing Security Risk-oriented Modelling Languages to Manage Social Engineering Risks
Abstract: The paper applies structured approach in identification of one security risk management standard that can be applied with different modelling languages. For a more in-depth analysis in this paper considered several modelling languages as BPMN, Secure Tropos and Misuse case.
Student: Sarbar Tursunova
Curriculum: Cyber Security (MSc)
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevicius
Defense: 04.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-405.
Reviewer: Olga Altuhhova

Analysis and Mitigation of Recent Attacks on Mobile Communication Backend
Abstract: This thesis presents a broad and thorough overview and analysis of the known attacks against mobile network signaling protocols and the possible mitigation strategies. The attacks are presented in a uniform way, in relation to the mobile network protocol standards and signaling scenarios. Moreover, this thesis also presents a new attack that enables a malicious party with access to the signaling network to remove lost or stolen phones from the blacklist that is intended to prevent their use.
Student: Siddharth Prakash Rao
Curriculum: NordSecMob (MSc)
Supervisor: Tuomas Aura
Supervisor: Dominique Unruh
Supervisor: Silke Holtmanns
Supervisor: Ian Oliver
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs
Defense: 09.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-405.

Entropy Based Robust Watermarking Algorithm
Abstract: In this work, multiple robust watermarking algorithms are introduced. They embed watermark image into singular values of host image’s blocks with low entropy values. The quantitative and qualitative experimental results are indicating that the proposed algorithms are imperceptible and robust against many signal processing attacks.
Student: Lauri Laur
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Gholamreza Anbarjafari
Supervisor: Mary Agoyi
Reviewer: Kaveh Khoshkhah
Defense: 09.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-405.

NFC Security Solution for Web Applications
Abstract: This thesis compares existing and possible security solutions for web applications, analyses NFC compatibility for security solutions and proposes a new NFC authentication and signing solution using Google Cloud Messaging service and NFC Java Card. This new proposed solution enables authentication and signing via NFC enabled mobile phone and NFC Java Card without any additional readers or efforts to be made.
Student: Jonas Kiiver
Curriculum: Software Engineering (MSc)
Supervisor: Eero Vainikko
Reviewer: Meelis Roos
Defense: 09.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-404.

Applying Estonian Internet Voting Individual Verification System to Other Electoral Systems
The current paper gives an overview of the Estonian internet voting individual verification system and introduces different ballot styles. It proposes and describes modifications to the Estonian system, so it could be used for individual verification with the introduced ballot styles and multiple elections.
Student: Joonas Lõmps
Curriculum: Informatics (BSc)
Supervisor: Sven Heiberg
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs
Defense: 12.06.2015, 09:00, Liivi 2-404

Secure Bitcoin Wallet
This report outlines various methods and solutions targeting security concerns and aims to understand their effectiveness. It also describes Secure Bitcoin Wallet, standard Bitcoin transactions client, enhanced with various security features and services.
Student: Sevil Guler
Curriculum: NordSecMob (MSc)
Supervisor: Sead Muftic, Vitaly Skachek
Reviewer: Arnis Paršovs
Defense: 27.08.2015

Links:
http://comserv.cs.ut.ee/forms/ati_report/index.php?language=en
http://www.cs.ut.ee/en/msc/theses/deadlines

Summary of master’s theses: Attack-tree based risk analysis of Estonian i-voting

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This report analyzes two independent works published in 2014 that model security threats of Estonian i-voting scheme using attack trees. The first one, the master’s thesis of Tanel Torn [11] constructs several realistic attack trees for various types of attacks on Estonian i-voting system and evaluates them using three different state-of-the-art methodologies proposed in attack-tree literature. The second work, the master’s thesis of Ruud Verbij [13], proposes a general framework to allow comparison of different internet voting schemes. Verbij evaluates the proposed framework by applying it on Estonian i-voting protocol.

Despite using different approaches, both Torn and Verbij agree on some of the results. First, they both consider attacks on the Central System to be much more expensive, involving more risk and thus less probable. Second, results of both authors’ analyzes show that revocation attacks are more profitable than vote modification attacks. This in mainly due to the fact that in the former case the attack does not have to go through undetected.

The report has been published for UT course “Research Seminar in Cryptography (MTAT.07.022)”.

Links
https://courses.cs.ut.ee/2014/cryptoseminar/fall/uploads/Main/riivo-report-f14.pdf