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
Kerkhoffs group also gives an good impression of careers
of graduates from the Kerckhoffs Institute.
Mathias Morbitzer, an Austrian Kerckhoffs student at the
will present his Master thesis research, which he did as
an intern at Fox-IT, at Hack
in the Box 2013 in Malaysia.
|Diego Ortiz Yepes took a degree in Systems and Computing Engineering
at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia before moving to the
for the Kerckhoffs Master. Diego did his Master thesis project at
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
2012 conference in Sweden and attention in the Dutch
press. Together with a fellow student, Arjan founded a company,
that specialises in software solutions for complex business
Brinio Hond, Jip Hoogenboom, Pieter Rogaar, and Martijn Sprengers all
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
fuzzing of mobile phones (using the
GSM network equipment available at the Radboud University),
privacy-friendly authentication using Microsoft's U-Prove
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,
and the RSA 2012
Other Kerckhoff graduates have also joined security consultancy firms.
Simona Posea and Henri Hambartsumyan
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
For her Master thesis, Simona did research on renewal period
for cryptographic keys, which she also presented at the
Henri researched techniques to detect XSS vulnerabilities using static analysis in a project with PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
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
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