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"The key to security is understanding”

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Sandro Etalle leads the Security group where the approach to system security is multi-faceted and covers offensive and defensive aspects of system security, always targeting concrete security problems and addressing the underlying, fundamental issues at their core. The group’s strength lies precisely in its ability to empirically and theoretically understand the full security process: from attack generation and system management, to policy specification and user aspects. Today,Etalle’s research is focused mainly on network monitoring and intrusion detection, with particular emphasis on the security of industrial control systems. Other topics includes policy specification and enforcement, and incident response. With two PhD students, Etalle founded the company SecurityMatters, bringing the result of their research to the market, and at the same time providing a source for insights into how cybersecurity evolvesin real life, leading to new research challenges.His group’s research spans three areas vital to the security of decentralized and embedded systems: (a) Security policy specification & enforcement (b) Security of embedded systems, and (c) Threat intelligence and defense, sitting at the cutting-edge intersection of these areas, addressing particularly challenging operative and theoretical problems.

Academic background

Sandro Etalle obtained his master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Padova (Italy) and earned his PhD in 1995 at the University of Amsterdam, under the supervision of Prof. K. R. Apt and Prof. A. Bossi. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, Assistant Professor at the universities of Genova (Italy), Maastricht and Twente, where he lead the spearhead program on Security. After a year as a visiting researcher at the University of Trento, he became full professor at the TU/e. Etalle is one of the authors of the Dutch ‘National Cyber Security Research Agenda’, he has been leader of several national and EU projects, and program chair of several international conferences.

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Research Output 1992 2019

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Challenges in designing exploit mitigations for deeply embedded systems

Abbasi, A., Wetzels, J., Holz, T. & Etalle, S., 1 Jun 2019, Proceedings - 4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy, EURO S and P 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 31-46 16 p. 8806725

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Embedded systems
vulnerability
Armor
Data storage equipment
corruption
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Eventpad: Rapid malware analysis and reverse engineering using visual analytics

Cappers, B. C. M., Meessen, P. N., Etalle, S. & Van Wijk, J. J., 9 May 2019, 2018 IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security, VizSec 2018. Trent, S., Kohlhammer, J., Sauer, G., Gove, R., Best, D., Paul, C. L., Prigent, N. & Staheli, D. (eds.). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 8 p. 8709230

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Open Access
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Reverse engineering
Data visualization
Data reduction
Agglomeration
Personnel
2 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Leveraging semantics for actionable intrusion detection in building automation systems

Fauri, D., Kapsalakis, M., dos Santos, D. R., Costante, E., den Hartog, J. & Etalle, S., 1 Jan 2019, Critical Information Infrastructures Security - 13th International Conference, CRITIS 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Luiijf, E., Žutautaitė, I. & Hämmerli, B. M. (eds.). Springer, p. 113-125 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11260 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Intelligent buildings
Intrusion detection
Intrusion Detection
Automation
Semantics
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Role inference + anomaly detection = situational awareness in bacnet networks

Fauri, D., Kapsalakis, M., dos Santos, D. R., Costante, E., den Hartog, J. & Etalle, S., 6 Jun 2019, Detection of Intrusions and Malware, and Vulnerability Assessment - 16th International Conference, DIMVA 2019, Proceedings. Maurice, C., Giacinto, G., Perdisci, R., Almgren, M. & Perdisci, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 461-481 21 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11543 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Intelligent buildings
Situational Awareness
Anomaly Detection
Intrusion detection
Network protocols
4 Citations (Scopus)

Behavior analysis in the medical sector: theory and practice

Alizadeh, M., Peters, S., Etalle, S. & Zannone, N., 9 Apr 2018, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2018. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1637-1646 10 p.

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Courses

Capita selecta security

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Cyberattacks Crime and Defenses

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Principles of data protection

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Press / Media

Elisa Costante – Forescout Technologies

Sandro Etalle

23/09/19

1 item of Media coverage

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-TU/e leads national research project for a secure Internet of Things

Sandro Etalle

13/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

TU/e leads national research project for a secure IoT

Sandro Etalle

12/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

TU/e leads national research project for a secure Internet of Things

Sandro Etalle

12/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Alert classification of web application attacks: using Bayesian networks to classify alerts from anomaly based intrusion detection systems

Author: Schellekens, C., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Etalle, S. (Supervisor 1) & Bolzoni, D. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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An assessment of ECM authentication in modern vehicles

Author: Bokslag, W., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Etalle, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Constraint-based detection of advanced threats to ICS

Author: Heesakkers, B., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Etalle, S. (Supervisor 1), Costante, E. (Supervisor 2) & Pechenizkiy, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Kintsugi: identifying & addressing challenges in embedded binary security

Author: Wetzels, A., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Etalle, S. (Supervisor 1) & Abbasi, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Knowledge needed to develop malware to infect and impact industrial control systems

Author: van de Wouw, D., 30 Nov 2013

Supervisor: Etalle, S. (Supervisor 1) & Dimkov, T. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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