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Meet some of the Kerckhoffs graduates
Where they come from, what they specialise in, and what they do afterwards.
ICT security is a hot topic, with excellent job opportunities. Some of our graduates have joined companies that specialise in security, such as (security) consultancy companies, evaluation laboratories, or ICT companies producing security solutions. Kerckhoffs alumni with security skills and expertise are also in strong demand by the (growing) number of organisations that heavily rely on ICT security, both in the private and public sector. Finally, some graduates go on to find work in scientific or industrial research.

Below some examples of students who completed the Kerckhoffs programme to give an impression of where they come from, the degrees they obtained prior to joining the programme, the topics they investigated for their Master theses, and their careers after graduating.

The Linkedin Kerkhoffs group also gives an good impression of careers of graduates from the Kerckhoffs Institute.

  • Mathias Morbitzer, an Austrian Kerckhoffs student at the Radboud University, presented his Master thesis research, which he did as an intern at Fox-IT, at Hack in the Box 2013 in Malaysia. After completing his Master he went on to work for Fox-IT.

  • Diego Ortiz Yepes took a degree in Systems and Computing Engineering at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia before moving to the Netherlands for the Kerckhoffs Master. Diego did his Master thesis project at IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switserland, on an NFC payment solution for mobile phones, and went to work there after graduating.

  • Arjan Blom did a Bachelor in Information Technology at the HBO Windesheim in Zwolle before doing the Kerckhoffs Master. In his Master thesis research Arjan discover a serious security flaw in the internet banking solution of ABN-AMRO, one of the main banks in the Netherlands, with resulted in a publication at NordSec 2012 conference in Sweden and attention in the Dutch press. Together with a fellow student, Arjan founded a company, Flatstones, that specialises in software solutions for complex business processes.

  • Brinio Hond, Jip Hoogenboom, Pieter Rogaar, and Martijn Sprengers all joined KPMG as security consultants after completing their Kerckhoffs Master. Martijn also did his Bachelor (in Computer Science) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Pieter did a Bachelor in Mathematics at Leiden University, Brinio did a Bachelor Computer Science at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam, and Jip studied Computer Science at the HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen) before doing the Kerckhoffs Master.

    For their Master theses they worked on topics as diverse as side channel analysis of smartcards (in a research project in collaboration with security evaluation lab Riscure), fuzzing of mobile phones (using the GSM network equipment available at the Radboud University), privacy-friendly authentication using Microsoft's U-Prove technology, and the use of GPUs (i.e. graphics cards) for brute force password cracking. Jip managed to get three scientific publications out of research projects he did during his Master, at WISSEC 2009, ICECS 2010 and the RSA 2012 conferences.

  • Other Kerckhoff graduates have also joined security consultancy firms. For example, Simona Posea and Henri Hambartsumyan joined Deloitte after completing their Master degree. Simona did her Bachelor in Computer Science at the University Politehnica of Bucharest before moving to the Netherlands to joined the Kerckhoffs programme.
    For her Master thesis, Simona did research on renewal period for cryptographic keys, which she also presented at the CrossFyre symposium. Henri researched techniques to detect XSS vulnerabilities using static analysis in a project with PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

  • Bart van Delft did a Bachelor in Artifical Intelligence at the Radboud University before doing the Kerckhoffs Master. For his Master thesis he did a research project at Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden on an EU Erasmus scholarship. After graduating he continued in scientific research as a PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology.