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Summer of Malware – Applications open now

Friday, 20 October 2017


The SRI Summer of Cyber is a pilot 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 Malware will provide placements for up to five qualified students. Over a seven week period these students will act under the guidance of SRI personnel to perform research and development tasks related to the orchestration of automated malware collection, analysis, and threat reporting.

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. Candidates will receive $7,000 AUD for their work over the project lifespan.

Project Specifics

The successful applicants will work as a team to implement an orchestrated malware analysis environment meeting the following criteria:

  • All systems and networks deployed & configured via industry standard automation frameworks
  • Automatic collection of samples via honeypots and honey clients
  • Ingestion of samples via open APIs
  • Sandbox analysis of Windows, Android, Linux, and MacOS malware samples
  • Internet simulation exceeding the current industry standard
  • Export of data to industry standard analysis and management framework
  • Automatic production of threat data in industry standard format
  • Establish ongoing real-time data export to relevant industry and government bodies

Selection Criteria

Students applying must meet the following  criteria:

  • Be eligible to work in Western Australia
  • Must be able to work on the project 9am-5pm on site
  • Completed at least one year of an ECU course
  • Must have achieved a average mark of at least 70%
  • Experience using the git version control system

Desired Skills

Applicants should demonstrate as many of the following as  possible:

  • Deep understanding of computer networks and common protocols
  • Ability to program in at least one native and one interpreted language
  • Knowledge of malware analysis techniques
  • Extensive practical knowledge of Linux, Windows, Android & OSX
  • Practical experience with virtualisation technologies
  • Excellent written communication skills, focussing on technical documentation
  • Ability to work within a team


Your application should include the  following:

  • Full Name, Student Number, Phone# & Email

A response to the following (max of two pages):

  • Why should you be selected for the program?
  • Projects (personal or otherwise) you’ve undertaken
  • What originally guided your interest in cyber security?

In addition, you should also attach the  following:

  • A current statement of academic transcript
  • A current resume

Applications close at 8:30AM GMT+8 on the 28th of November 2017 and should be emailed to with the subject line “2018 Summer of Malware Application”.


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