Section: Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry

Bilateral Grants with Industry

  • Orange Labs: Privacy-preserving location-based services Solenn Brunet has completed her PhD thesis in November 2017 within the context of a CIFRE contract with Orange Labs Caen. Her PhD subject was about privacy-preserving services that are able to provide the service to the user while preserving his privacy. In particular, Solenn Brunet has designed new cryptographic primitives to build anonymous accreditation and she has used these primitives to provide data anonymization mechanisms in the context of e-voting and e-cash.

  • DGA: BGP-like Inter Domain routing protocol for tactical mobile ad hoc networks: feasibility, performances and quality of service Florian Grandhomme has completed his PhD thesis in September 2017 in cooperation with DGA-MI. The subject of the PhD was to propose new secure and efficient algorithms and protocols to provide inter-domain routing in the context of tactical mobile ad hoc network. The proposed protocol handles context modification due to the mobility of MANET, that is to say split of a MANET, merge of two or more MANET, and also handles heterogeneity of technology and infrastructure. The solution is independent from the underlying intra-domain routing protocol and from the infrastructure: wired or wireles, fixed or mobile.

  • DGA: Visualization for security events monitoring Damien Crémilleux has started his PhD thesis in October 2015 in the context of a cooperation with DGA-MI. The subject of the PhD is to define relevant representations to allow front-line security operators to monitors systems from a security perspective. A first proposal was made that led to a tool, VEGAS, that allows to monitor large quantities of alerts in real time and to dispatch these alerts in a relevant way to security analysts.

  • DGA: Intrusion Detection in Distributed Applications David Lanoé has started his PhD thesis in October 2016 in the context of a cooperation with DGA-MI. His work is focussing on the construction of behavioral models (during a learning phase) and their use to detect intrusions during an execution of the modelled distributed application.

  • Nokia: Risk-aware security policies adaptation in modern communication infrastructures Pernelle Mensah was hired in January 2016 on this CIFRE funding in order to work on unexplored aspects of information security, and in particular response strategies to complex attacks, in the context of cloud computing architectures. The use case proposed by our industrial partner is a multi-tenant cloud computing platform involving software-defined networking in order to provide further flexibility and responsiveness in architecture management. The topic of the thesis is to adapt and improve the current risk-aware reactive response tools, based on attack graphs and adaptive security policies, to this specific environment, taking into account the heterogeneity of actors, platforms, policies and remediation options.

  • Thales: Privacy and Secure Multi-party Computation Aurélien Dupin has started his PhD thesis in January 2016 within the context of a CIFRE contract with Thales. His PhD subject concerns secure multi-party computation. Secure two-party computation provides a way for two parties to compute a function, that depends on the two parties' inputs, while keeping them private. Known since the 1980s, Yao's garbled circuits appear to be a general solution to this problem, in the semi-honest model. Decades of optimizations have made this tool a very practical solution. However, it is well known that a malicious adversary could modify a garbled circuit before submitting it. Many protocols, mostly based on cut-&-choose, have been proposed to secure Yao's garbled circuits in the presence of malicious adversaries. Nevertheless, how much an adversary can modify a circuit and make it still executable have not been studied. In the context of his PhD, Aurélien Dupin is interested by such a question.

  • Thales: Combining Attack Specification and Dynamic Learning from traces for correlation rule generation Charles Xosanavongsa has started his PhD thesis in December 2016 in the context of a CIFRE with Thales. His work will focus on the construction of correlation rules. In previous work on correlation rule generation, the usual approach is static. It always relies on the description of the supervised system using a knowledge base of the system. The use of correlation trees is an appealing solution because it allows to have a precise description of the attacks and can handle any kind of IDS. But in practice, the behavior of each IDS is quite difficult to predict, in particular for anomaly based IDS. To manage automatically the correlation rules (and adapt them if necessary), we plan to analyze synthetic traces containing both anomaly based and misused based IDS alerts resulting from an attack.

  • Ministry of Defence: Visualisation for the characterization of security events Laetitia Leichtnam has started his PhD thesis in November 2016 in the context of a contract between CentraleSupelec and the French Ministry of Defence. His work consists in presenting events appearing in heterogeneous logs as a dependency graph between the lines of logs. This permits to the administrator to investigate easily the logs to discover the different steps that has performed an attack in the supervised system.

  • ANSSI: Security of Low-level Components Thomas Letan has started his PhD thesis in the context of a contract between CentraleSupelec and the French National Computer Security Agency (ANSSI). His work consists in using formal methods to specify hardware/software security mechanisms and to verify that they correctly enforce some security policies.