Summer Research Program Intern

Date: Feb 5, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Cyber Systems and Operations Group works closely with the nation's cyber forces, intelligence community, and federal agencies to identify operational gaps in cybersecurity capabilities and analyze their current and planned systems and missions.  We focus on enabling full-scope DoD, IC, and civilian government operations within the cyber domain and across traditional mission domains and sensing layers. We conduct research and development of systems providing situational awareness (SA) and command and control (C2) in the cyber domain. Key technology development thrusts include novel sensors, actuators, sense-making, decision support, knowledge representation, Human Machine Interface (HMI), visualization, automated planning, cloud-based information sharing architectures.


We seek a summer research student to investigate covert communication channels, and the countermeasures to effectively intercept or prevent them.  Today networks are being populated with many network enabled devices that frequently connect automatically: from traditional computing devices like servers and printers, to a dizzying array of modern smart devices like thermostats or light-bulbs.  Side-channel attacks exploit the physical implementation of a computer or smart device in order to establish covert communication channels.  Such attacks are proliferating, and the maturity of methods to detect and counter side-channels lags behind the their discovery and implementation.  During the summer project the student will be involved in generating, collecting, and analyzing data to expand our understanding certain methods-of-interest, and engineer methods to detect and counteract them.  It is also of interest to quantify the covert channel’s level of robustness against such countermeasures.


The successful applicant will be a graduate student or talented undergraduate with an interest in computer science and hardware, and a degree (or relevant coursework) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or related field.  



Requisition ID: 25710 

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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