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The Security Research Institute Summer of Cyber - Summer of Stego

Thursday, 16 November 2017

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Background

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 Stego 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 curation of datasets and the subsequent analysis of these datasets using existing and enhanced/new steganographic and steganalysis tools.

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 complete the following tasks as per project specifications:

  • Extend and optimise existing code-base to incorporate additional functionality and steganographic tools.
  • Curate datasets for image steganography based on extended code-base.
  • Develop tools to retrieve content/media from multiple social media platforms.
  • Develop automation scripts to pre-process, de-identify, organise, post-process, and other related activities for curation of datasets.
  • Implement existing steganalysis techniques and benchmark against curated datasets.
  • Detailed logging and verification of required processes during curation and benchmarking.
  • Detailed documentation of code, results, and related activities.

Compensation

Each successful applicant will receive a total of $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:

  • Intermediate understanding of Image Steganographic techniques
  • Practical knowledge in basic image processing tasks using Linux command line tools
  • Ability to program in at least one native and one interpreted language (Matlab/Octave, Python, C, Java are highly desired)
  • Extensive practical knowledge of Linux and shell scripting
  • Practical knowledge of integration of social media APIs
  • Practical experience with virtualisation technologies
  • Experience using the git version control system within a team environment
  • Excellent written communication skills, focussing on technical documentation
  • Ability to work within a team

Applications

Your application should include the following:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Contact Information (Phone & Email)
  • A response to the following:
    • Why should you be selected for the Summer of Malware?
    • What personal projects have you undertaken or are you currently undertaking? (this need not be specific to steganography)
    • 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 28h of November 2017 and should be emailed to sri@ecu.edu.au with the subject line “2018 Summer of Stego Application”.

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