Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (May/June 2020)

Defence of master theses of Cyber Security curriculum on May 28th 2020 online

Time: 10:00
Student: Cheng-Yu Lu
Title: Analyse Journal of XFS Filesystem for Assisting in Event Reconstruction
Supervisor: Pavel Laptev
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 10:40
Student: Simon Victor Jean Laurent Brun
Title: Comprehensive Digital Forensics Analysis of Smart Home Environment
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Pavel Tšikul
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Time: 11:20
Student: Shaymaa Mamdouh Mohammed Radwan Khalil
Title: Analysis of Windows 10 Hibernation File
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Pavel Tšikul
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Time: 12:40
Student: Kevin Patric Schmidt
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Time: 13:20
Student: Weerarathna Patabendige Samoda Abeydeera
Title: Fileless Malware Detection in Cloud Environment Using Machine Learning Techniques
Supervisor: Alejandro Guerra Manzanares
Reviewer: Sven Nõmm

Defence of master theses of Cyber Security curriculum on May 29th 2020 online

Time: 10:00
Student: Andreas Jürimäe
Title: The Effectiveness of DMARC and Usage of DMARC in Estonian Government Institutions
Supervisor: Kieren Lovell
Reviewer: Dan Heering

Time: 10:40
Student: Liubomyr Kushnir
Title: Benchmarking of Post-hoc Local Interpretability Methods for Classifying Malicious Traffic
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Sven Nõmm
Reviewer: Alejandro Manzanares

Time: 11:20
Student: Huu Phuc Nguyen
Title: Research Method in Detecting Swapped Face Image and Video Forgery
Supervisor: Matthew Sorell
Reviewer: Pavel Tšikul

Time: 12:40
Student: Rohin Sambath Kumar
Title: Analyzing the Face Value of Fake Accounts in Online Social Networks
Supervisor: Birgy Lorenz
Reviewer: Adrian Venables

Time: 13:20
Student: Mykyta Zaitsev
Title: Developing learning pathways for massive open online courses by the example of the rangeforce cyberskills training platform
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel, Margus Ernits
Reviewer: Birgy Lorenz

Time: 14:00
Student: Martin Chmelař
Title: Utilizing Mitre att&ck to Create Adversary Reports of Live-fire Cybersecurity Exercises for Feedback Purposes
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Rain Ottis

Time: 14:40
Student: Ilkin Huseynov
Title: The Analysis of the Current Cyber Security Actions Taken in the e-Government of Azerbaijan and Proposal of the Improvement Plan
Supervisor: Mika Juha Kerttunen
Reviewer: Adrian Venables

Time: 15:20
Student: Belgin Tastan
Title: Comparing the Security Assessment Models on the Detection of Critical Vulnerabilities in Web Services
Supervisor: Mika Kerttunen, Andro Kull
Reviewer: Pavel Tšikul

Defence of master theses of Cyber Security curriculum on June 1st 2020 in ICT-315 (closed defences) & online

Time: 10:00
Student: Juri Kononov
Title: Network Policy Management is Service Rich Environment
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel, Jaan Priisalu
Reviewer: Mart Järvi, Uko Valtenberg

Time: 10:40
Student: Maria Toomsalu
Title: Vulnerability Analysis of an Organisation on the basis of a Semi-Formal Model
Supervisor: Peeter Laud, Jaan Priisalu
Reviewer: Aleksandr Lenin

Time: 11:20
Student: Kaarel Allemann
Title: Effects of the New Integration Design on the KOLT Security
Supervisor: Ahto Buldas
Reviewer: Aleksandr Lenin

Time: 14:00
Student: Fernando Gonzalo Bauzá Sáinz De Baranda
Title: How to Mess with Log Collectors and Analyze their Response in Microsoft Networks with an Example of the Elk Stack
Supervisor: Toomas Lepik
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Time: 14:40
Student: Andres Pihlak
Title: Continuous Docker Image Analysis and Intrusion Detection Based on Open-source Tools
Supervisor: Mauno Pihelgas
Reviewer: Kristian Kivimägi

Time: 15:20
Student: Maarja-Liisa Tammepõld
Title: Securing the centralized logging system by the example of Elasticsearch
Supervisor: Toomas Lepik
Reviewer: Risto Vaarandi

Defence of master theses of Cyber Security curriculum on June 2nd 2020 online

Time: 10:00
Student: Kadri Cahani
Title: Aligning Information Security Risks with Strategic Goals
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Kaie Maennel

Time: 10:40
Student: Martin Leppik
Title: Improving AWS S3 Security at a Medium-sized Company: Challenges and Solutions
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Tiia Sõmer

Time: 11:20
Student: Karl Lubja
Title: Systematic Generation of Cyber Attack Scenarios Against A Ship
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Olaf Maennel

Time: 12:40
Student: Illia Petrash
Title: User Behaviour During Covid-19 from the Perspective of a Telco Server
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Toomas Lepik

Time: 13:20
Student: Rishikesh Ram Shankaran
Title: Comparative Study on Perception and Preparedness of a User Towards Cybersecurity Threats in IoT and Mobile Devices
Supervisor: Stefan Sütterlin
Reviewer: Eneken Tikk

Time: 14:00
Student: Ilja Šmarjov
Title: OWASP secure coding practices checklist and training: assessment of effectiveness in a technology company
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Margus Ernits

Time: 14:40
Student: Marvin Uku
Title: Evaluation method for smart home and smart grid authentication protocols
Supervisor: Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Time: 15:20
Student: Sania Akif Malik
Title: The Effect of Interindividual Differences in Metacognitive Accuracy on Cybersecurity Decisions
Supervisor: Stefan Sütterlin
Reviewer: Mika Juha Kerttunen

Cyber Security Newsletter 2020-03-19

Defence of Cyber Security Engineering Diploma Theses at TalTech IT College (January 2020)

January 22nd at 15-17, TalTech IT College, Raja 4C, Tallinn at room 217:

Chairman of the Defence Committee: Priidu Paomets
The Defence Committee: Mohammad Tariq Meeran, Kaido Kikkas, Aleksei Talisainen, Toomas Lepikult

  • Title: Countermeasures to Deepfakes
    Student: Gabriel Apeh Adoyi
  • Title: Implementing Authentication and Authorization in Dynamic Web Applications
    Student: Christian Cataldo
  • Title: Windows User Simulation for Scalable Cybersecurity Training Platform
    Student: Kustas Kurval

Grades (in random order): 5, 2, 1


Cyber Security master’s theses defense in TalTech (January 2020)

January 9th, 2020, Akadeemia Tee 15a, room ICT-411.

Time: 10:00
Student: Deniz Basar
Title: Uniqueness Criteria for Blockchain Type Distributed Ledgers
Supervisor: Ahto Buldas
Reviewer: Aleksandr Lenin

Time: 10:40
Student: Kristian Kivimägi
Title: Predicting students’ success using technical labs as part of university admission to a cyber security program
Supervisor: Kaie Maennel, Olaf Maennel
Reviewer: Stefan Sütterlin

Time: 11:20
Student: Alessandro Mirani
Title: User Behavior Analysis for Predictive Virtual Reality Applications: An Ethical and Data Security Perspective
Supervisor: Aleksei Tepljakov, Hayretdin Bahsi
Reviewer: Eduard Petlenkov

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Cyber Security Newsletter 2019-09-05


Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2018/2019 (August)

The defences took place on the last week of August.

Student: Aleksandr Tsõganov (Software Engineering MSc)
Title: Integrating User Identity with Ethereum Smart Contract Wallet
Supervisor: Orlenys López Pintado, Aivo Kalu, Kristjan Kuhi
Reviewer: Fredrik Payman Milani

Student: Rahul Puniani (Innovation and Technology Management MSc)
Title: Conceptualization of a Blockchain Based Voting Ecosystem in Estonia
Supervisor: Fredrik Payman Milani, Mihkel Solvak
Reviewer: Orlenys López Pintado

Student: Indrek Purga (Conversion Master in IT)
Title: Detection of forged PDF documents
Supervisor: Kristjan Krips
Reviewer: Alo Peets

Student: Shahla Atapoor (Computer Science MSc)
Title: On Privacy Preserving Blockchains and zk-SNARKs
Supervisor: Helger Lipmaa, Janno Siim, Karim Baghery
Reviewer: Ivo Kubjas

Student: Mart Simisker (Computer Science MSc)
Title: Security of Health Information Databases
Supervisor: Jan Willemson, Dominique Unruh
Reviewer: Meelis Roos


Cyber Security Engineering bachelor’s theses defense in TalTech (June 2019)

Monday, June 3 at 9.00-15.00, room 217, curriculum Cyber Security Engineering
Chairman of the Defence Committee: Valdo Praust
The Defence Committee: Kaido Kikkas, Toomas Lepikult

• Steven Rugam, “Cyber Security Assessment for Panbaltic Information System”
• Mikus Teivens, “Detection of Web-based Malware in Linux Environment Using YARA”
• Farhan Nayeem Islam, “Testing and Comparing Android Based Penetration Testing Tools”
• Mark Parfeniuk, “Designing Effective Measures to Promote Secure Video Conferencing”
• Frank Korving, “Choosing and Implementing Continuous Integration: the Case of Certidude”
• Kirill Trunov, “Distributed Payment Automated Systems Risk Assessment and Management”
• Nika Ptskialadze, “Comparative Analysis of Open-source and Proprietary Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Tools”
• Peep Kuulme, “Cybersecurity Awareness Training Program at Hansab Group OÜ”
• Christopher James Vallintine Carr, “Analysing the Security of Internet Facing Industrial Control Systems – Estonian Refrigeration Companies”
• Andris Männik, “Functionality and Efficiency of Modern Protection Software”


Cyber Security Newsletter 2019-06-02


Cybersecurity related bachelor’s and master’s theses in University of Tartu 2018/2019 (June)

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

Student: Ivo Pure (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: An Automated Methodology for Validating Web Related Cyber Threat Intelligence by Implementing a Honeyclient
Supervisor: Risto Vaarandi, Raimundas Matulevicius
Reviewer: Alejandro Manzanares

Student: Bruno Didier Produit (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Optimization of the ROCA (CVE-2017-15361) Attack
Supervisor: Arnis Paršovs
Reviewer: Jan Villemson

Student: Kärt Padur (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Information Security Risk Assessment in the Context of Outsourcing in a Financial Institution
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius, Liis Rebane, Toomas Vaks
Reviewer: Andro Kull

Student: Marek Matsalu (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: The Development of Digital Forensics Workforce Competency on the Example of Estonian Defence League
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius, Hillar Põldmaa
Reviewer: Hayretdin Bahsi

Student: Pubudini Gayanjalie Dissanayake (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: A Comparison of Security Risk Analysis in the In-house IT Infrastructure and Cloud Infrastructure for the Payment Gateway System
Supervisor: Hayretdin Bahsi, Raimundas Matulevičius
Reviewer: Alexander Horst Norta

Student: Lukáš Bortník (Cyber Security MSc)
Title: Mobile Phone Digital Evidence Providers to Investigate Driver’s Distraction
Supervisor: Pavel Laptev, Satish Narayana Srirama
Reviewer: Matthew Sorell

Student: Mari Seeba (Conversion Master in IT)
Title: A Specification of Layer-Based Information Security Management System for the Issue Tracking System
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius, Ahto Buldas
Reviewer: Meelis Roos

Student: Doris Sarapuu (Conversion Master in IT)
Title: Penetration Testing of Glia’s Web Application
Supervisor: Kristjan Krips, Carlos Paniagua
Reviewer: Riivo Talviste

Student: Kaspar Kala (Conversion Master in IT)
Title: Refinement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Model: Administrative Fines Perspective
Supervisor: Raimundas Matulevičius, Jake Tom
Reviewer: Eneken Tikk

Student: Maksym Yerokhin (Software Engineering MSc)
Title: Multi-level Policy-aware Privacy Analysis
Supervisor: Pille Pullonen, Luciano García-Bañuelos
Reviewer: Sara Belluccini

Student: Reelika Tõnisson (Computer Science MSc)
Title: Tighter Post-quantum Secure Encryption Schemes Using Semi-classical Oracles
Supervisor: Dominique Peer Ghislain Unruh
Reviewer: Sven Laur

Student: Helen Tera (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Introduction to Post-Quantum Cryptography in Scope of NIST’s Post-Quantum Competition
Supervisor: Dominique Unruh
Reviewer: Raul-Martin Rebane

Student: Omar Purik (Computer Science BSc)
Title: Creation of Practical Assignments on Information Security for High School Students
Supervisor: Kristjan Krips, Tauno Palts