Research

I have been a PhD student at the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research of Plymouth University and the Department of Computer Science at University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany. There, at the Cloud Research Lab, we are doing research in the field of Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing and Security. My special interest is in Security for Cloud Computing.

My main PhD project and work was the developement of a cloud audit system: Security Audit as a Service (SAaaS).

Security Audit as a Service (SAaaS) is based on a cloud incident detection system with distributed agents deployed at key locations (e.g. VMs, VM hosts, cloud management system) of a cloud infrastructure monitoring occurrences. An occurrence can be anything describable like a simple successfully login event, a series of unsuccessfully login attempts, network connections between VMs or increasing CPU consumption of a certain VM. In the event of an identified occurance the agent generates an event feeding a complex event processing engine which draws the cloud's security state. Thus distributed attacks on a cloud computing environment or misuse of cloud resource can be detected early.

It is a project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and investigates how audits of cloud infrastructure can enhance trust in cloud environments.
Please see our Cloud Research Lab website for further information.


Organized Conferences

Seventh Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2011)

27-29 October 2011, Furtwangen, Germany
Conference Website: http://www.cscan.org/default.asp?page=sein
Proceedings SEIN 2011
Eds: Dowland PS, Grout V, Humm B, Knahl MH, Plymouth University
ISBN: 978-1-84102-295-6, pp117, 2011


2. Konferenz: Software Technologien und -Prozesse (STeP 2010)

May 06th, 2010 Furtwangen, Germany
Conference Website: http://www.step2010.de
Proceedings STEP 2010
Eds: Steffen Thiel, Christoph Reich, Frank Dölitzscher
Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag
                    ISBN: 978-3-486-59816-2

Other International Conference Activities

  • Technical Program Committee Member, The Sixth International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2016), Venice, Italy, 09-13 Oct. 2016
  • Technical Program Committee Member, The Sixth International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2014), Rome, Italy, 24-28 Aug. 2014
  • Referee, International Information Security and Privacy Conference (IFIP SEC 2014), Marrakech, Morocco, 02-04 Jun. 2014
  • International Conference Committee Member, Inaugural International Conference on Cloud Security Management (ICCSM 2013), Seattle, US, 17-18 Oct. 2013
  • Technical Program Committee Member, The Fith International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2013), Porto, Portugal, 29 Sep.-03 Oct. 2013
  • Technical Program Committee Member, The Fourth International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2012), Barcelona, Spain, 23-28 Sep. 2012


Refereeing for Journals

  • Referee, Journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 2016 [ ]
  • Referee, Jour​nal of Cloud Computi​ng: Advances, System​s and Applications, 2014​ [ ]
  • Referee, Computers & Security (COSE), Elsevier, 2014 [ ]
  • Referee, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC), 2013 [ ]
  • Referee, Journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 2012 [ ]