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MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Understanding contagion spreading processes of cyber security threats through social networks

Description: The spreading on ideas, memes, norms, products, and diseases are few examples of phenomena that can be studied and modelled as contagion processes on networks. Surprisingly, the dynamics of contagion in terms of semantic social engineering threats, such as phishing, scams, drive-by-malware etc. have received so far little attention. Indeed, although their spreading is conducted primarily in online social networks, studies in cyber security have been focused mainly on defining the characteristics (features) of threats and users that are more likely to result in successful attacks. In other words, the complexity emerging from the unsupervised interactions and actions of large number of users as well as threats strategies have been largely neglected.

The project will tackle this limitation head-on. By mixing approaches from cyber security, network and data science the project aims at characterising the mechanisms and the phenomenology behind the spreading of cyber threats on social networks.

The PhD student will be co-supervised by Dr. Loukas (Faculty of Architecture Computing and Humanities) and Prof. Yamir Moreno (University of Zaragoza, Spain).

For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr. Nicola Perra, n.perra@greenwich.ac.uk

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

Year 1: £14,553 Year 2: In line with RCUK rate Year 3: In line with RCUK rate

In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,195, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,305, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Scholarships are available for full-time study only and applicants must meet the programme entry requirements. 

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/research/study/studentships 

Please read this information before making an applicationApplications need to be made online via http://www2.gre.ac.uk/research/study/apply/application_process   No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information.  Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref VCS-BUS-01-17) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 26 May 2017.

The scholarship must commence before 29 September 2017.

LabGreenwich University
Deadline25/05/2017 22:00

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