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The Security Research Institute Summer of Cyber - Spectrum Watch

Tuesday, 13 November 2018



The SRI Summer of Cyber is a cyber security program carried out in the spirit of the Google Summer of Code. The program provides funding for talented students to carry out research and development on an open source project with a cyber security focus. The Summer of Cyber -  Spectrum Watch will provide placements for up to three qualified students. Over a seven week period these students will act under the guidance of SRI personnel to undertake research and development to into drone forensics. The work will be conducted using the same modus operandii of

Project Specifics

Successful applicants will work on site at the Security Research Institute, under the close supervision of an SRI assigned supervisor. The project will commence on the 8th of January 2018 and conclude on the 23rd of February 2018 inclusive.

The successful applicants will work as a team to investigate and develop up a tool that uses software defined radio and conventional wireless survey tools e.g Kismet, to produce a system to collect and process intelligence around wireless spectrum usage for defensive purposes.

Key tasks include:

  • The development of tools for importing and processing stream data from various wireless technology platforms e.g WiFi, Zigbee, ADS-B
  • Development of  dashboards to aid analysis
  • Coding where applicable to produce an integrated platform
  • Full documentation of all processes producing a technical how to guide


Each successful applicant will receive $7,000 AUD in compensation for work performed over the project lifespan.

Selection Criteria

Students applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be eligible to work in Western Australia during the project period
  • Must be able to work on the project 9am-5pm on site, at SRI
  • Must have completed at least one year (or equivalent) of a suitable course at ECU
  • Must have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 70% and be in good academic standing

Applicants should demonstrate as many of the following as possible:

  • Deep understanding of computer networks and common protocols
  • Understanding of wireless technologies
  • Sound Linux skills
  • Sound C or Python skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, focussing on technical documentation
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to work within a team



Your application should include the following:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Contact Information (Phone & Email)
  • A response to the following (maximum 2 pages):
    • Why should you be selected for the Summer of Cyber – Spectrum Watch?
    • What personal projects have you undertaken or are you currently undertaking?
    • What originally guided your interest in cyber security?

In addition, you should also attach the following:

  • A current statement of academic transcript
  • A current one page curriculum vitae

Applications close at 8:30AM GMT+8 on the 30th of November 2019 and should be emailed with the subject line “2019 Summer of Cyber – Spectrum Watch -  Application”.


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