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Achievements

Professor Sezer is the Director of Research and the Head of the Networked System Security at the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT). He is a world-renowned authority in high-performance network processing and Internet security technologies. His research is leading major advances in the field of high-performance content and security processing, spanning cybersecurity related topics in malware, embedded systems, IoT, ICS and network security, in collaboration with leading corporations in the US and UK.   Professor Sezer is also co-founder and CTO of Titan IC Systems Ltd, and is a member of various research and executive committees.

Research Statement

Research targets various aspects of information and network security technologies. The main focus has been the acceleration of network security related functions by exploring novel hardware based parallel processing architectures, System on Chip (SoC), NPU/NFP (Netronome) and programmable technologies, including MPSoC and FPGA. Most of my research projects are funded by a number of research funding bodies including EPSRC, ESRC, FP7, Innovate UK, InvestNI, and Industry. The broader topic of active research projects include:

  • High-performance parallel network traffic and content analysis circuits and processing architectures

  • Mobile security, Android malware analysis and detection methods based on static analysis and machine learning algorithms

  • Industrial Control and Critical Infrastructure protection (protection of networked ICS / SCADA Security, SCADA specific IDS/IPS)

  • Software Defined Networking and Virtual Network Function (SDN/VNF) security

  • Cloud security surrounding the security of cloud client applications, virtual security appliances and the security of cloud infrastructures

  • Host based and Cloud based malware analysis and real-time threat detection and mitigation technologies (Ransomware, Bots, APT)

  • Network based detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)

  • Real-time detection, mitigation/prevention technologies for various forms of cyberattacks, including Application Layer DDoS attacks, intrusion-based attacks, SQL injection, etc..

  • IoT device security and IoT security policy monitoring and enforcement technologies.

Research output in high-performance network security processing led to the development of the world's fastest content (RegEx) processor for inspecting Internet traffic at 100Gbit/s. Research output, competencies and know-how in IP packet and flow classification led to multimillion dollar research contracts with industry and the transfer of technology. International research collaboration with ETRI and Hanyang University in Korea led to numerous key research outputs in malware detection and produced new cybersecurity technology tailored for highly virtualised Cloud Computing Services. Underpinning innovations in IP traffic feature extraction and classification combined with highly optimised machine learning algorithms are core research skills and capabilities defining the research output and research projects.

Research Interests

  • Information and Network Security
  • Cloud and Virtualisation security
  • Industrial Control and SCADA Security
  • Host and Mobile Malware Analysis
  • Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) Security
  • Android Malware Analysis Security
  • Network processing architecture
  • Memory architectures for network processing
  • System on Chip Architecture
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation – Start Up and Technology Transfer

Teaching

  • MSc Digital System Design, 320ELE852 - (Full Module 2 Semesters)
  • MSc Systems and Computer Security, CSC7001- (Full Module 2 Semesters)

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Projects

Research Output

A Seamless Cloud Migration Approach to Secure Distributed Legacy Industrial SCADA Systems

Khan, R., McLaughlin, K., Kang, B., Laverty, D. & Sezer, S., 18 Feb 2020, (Accepted) IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) North America 2020 17/02/2020 → 20/02/2020 Washington DC, United States. IEEE , 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A Secure Cloud Migration, Monitoring and Analytics Framework for Industrial Internet of Things

    Khan, R., McLaughlin, K., Kang, B., Laverty, D. & Sezer, S., 05 Feb 2020, (Accepted) IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things, New Orleans, United States.. IEEE , 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Blackmail on social media: What do we know and what remains unknown?

    Al Habsi, A., Butler, M., Percy, A. & Sezer, S., 23 Mar 2020, (Accepted) In : Security Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Cloud computing in the quantum era

    Kaiiali, M., Sezer, S. & Khalid, A., 09 Jan 2020, 2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 8952589. (2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2019; vol. 2019-January).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Cloud Computing in the Quantum Era

    Kaiiali, M., Sezer, S. & Khalid, A., 09 Jan 2020, The 5th IEEE Workshop on Security and Privacy in the Cloud (SPC 2019). IEEE

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Datasets

    Dynamic Opcode Traces of Malware and Benignware

    Carlin, D. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 07 Nov 2017

    Dataset

    Dynamic opcode runtraces of ransomware

    Carlin, D. (Creator), Sezer, S. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 11 Jun 2018

    Dataset

    Prizes

    2017 IET Information Security Premium Award

    Sakir Sezer (Recipient) & Suleiman Yerima (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

    Best Paper Award (Joint)

    Domhnall Carlin (Recipient), Philip O'Kane (Recipient) & Sakir Sezer (Recipient), 03 May 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Enterprise Fellowship

    Sakir Sezer (Recipient), 01 Oct 2007

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Enterprise Fellowship Award

    Sakir Sezer (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Intertrade Ireland Seedcorn Award

    Sakir Sezer (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    CNI Cybersecurity Challenges: UK Academic Research Landscape

    Sakir Sezer (Advisor)
    20 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland

    Sakir Sezer (Advisor)
    29 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Titan IC - A QUB start-up with the mission to redefine security technologies in Silicon Valley

    Sakir Sezer (Advisor)
    15 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Emerging IoT SECURITY Challenges

    Sakir Sezer (Advisor)
    23 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    IoT SECURITY - Threats, Security Challenges and IoT Security Research and Technology Trends

    Sakir Sezer (Advisor)
    06 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference