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SoftFIRE prize for CONNECT researchers at CIT

Dr Donna O'Shea accepts first prize on behalf of the CIT team.

Dylan Smyth, a PhD student supervised by CONNECT’s Dr Donna O’SheaDr Victor Cionca, and Dr Sean McSweeney at Cork Institute of Technology, has won first prize of €40,000 in the Security Stream of the H2020 SoftFIRE Challenge.

The purpose of the challenge was to provide an extension to the federated Software Defined Network testbed with the aim of increasing its security level.

Donna explains: “Dylan is a PhD RISAM scholar in the Department of Computer Science at CIT. As part of his PhD work, Dylan identified an attack scenario that could be used to fabricate a link in the federated Software Defined Network (SDN) testbed, referred to as a Link Fabrication Attack (LFA). In the challenge, Dylan developed a solution that could accurately detect and prevent the occurrence of Link Fabrication Attacks, providing an extension to the federated testbed with the aim of increasing its security level. The work was evaluated by a panel of experts from across the EU and was awarded first place with a prize of €40,000.”

First place in Europe is a great achievement for Dylan, Donna, Victor and Sean. Congratulations!

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