About CSng

Site for young researchers to increase knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands in the area of cybersecurity 



Zeki Erkin
(TU Delft)

Dr. Z. Erkin is an associate professor in the Cyber Security Group, Delft University of Technology. He received his PhD degree on “Secure Signal Processing” in 2010 from Delft University of Technology where he has continued his research on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, particularly on Computational Privacy. His interest is on protecting sensitive data from malicious entities and service providers using cryptographic tools.

Dr. Erkin has been involved in several European and national projects. He is serving also in numerous committees including IEEE Informaton Forensics and Security TC as chair; he is the editor-in-chief of Eurasip Journal on Information Security and is a board member of ACCSS. 

Nicola Zannone
(TU Eindhoven)

Nicola Zannone is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Data Protection research group in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received a PhD degree in Computer Science at the University of Trento in 2007 with a thesis on security requirements engineering. During the PhD, he visited the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in 2005 and IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in 2006. He received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2006-07 academic year. He was also awarded of Most Influential Paper Award at RE 2015. His research interests range from data protection and access control to data analytic for security and social engineering. He is Editor in Chief of Computer and Network Security (specialty section of Frontiers in Computer Science).

Keywords: Data protection, access control, auditing, data analytic for security.

Anna Sperotto
(University of Twente)

Anna Sperotto is an Associate Professor at the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group at the University of Twente. Her research interests lay in the field of Internet Security and Internet measurements. On Octber 14, 2010, She  defended her thesis “Flow-based Intrusion Detection”, at the University of Twente.

Keywords: Network security, network measurements, attack & defence mechanisms.

Cristiano Giuffrida
(VU Amsterdam)

Cristiano Giuffrida is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research interests span across several aspects of computer systems, with a strong focus on systems security. He received a Ph.D. cum laude from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam under the supervision of Andy Tanenbaum in 2014. He was awarded the Roger Needham Award at EuroSys and the Dennis M. Ritchie Award at SOSP for the best PhD dissertation in Computer Systems in 2015 (Europe and worldwide). He was awarded a VENI grant (the Dutch Equivalent of a NSF CAREER Award, PhD+3) in 2017. He has served on the program committee of a number of top systems and security venues, such as SOSP, EuroSys, S\&P, CCS, and USENIX Security.

Keywords: Systems Security, Exploitation, Software Hardening
Webpage: http://cristianogiuffrida.com

Luca Allodi
(TU Eindoven)

Luca Allodi is an Assistant Professor at the faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Trento, Italy, on vulnerability risk management with a Best Thesis award. Luca’s research focuses at economic aspects of IT risk, and in particular on the relation between attacker economics, cybercrime activities, and attack realization. Luca has multiple publications in top academic and industry venues, including ACM TISSEC, Risk Analysis, ACM CCS, and BlackHat, and has served as invited reviewer for multiple top-tier journals. Luca is the only academic authoring member (next to CMU) of the NIST worldwide standard for vulnerability measurement (CVSS), and the only European representative in the standard body.

Webpage: http://www.win.tue.nl/~lallodi/


Simona Samardjiska
(Radboud University Nijmegen)

Simona Samardjiska is an assistant professor at the Digital Security Group at Radboud University, The Netherlands. Her expertise and research interests are in the mathematics of post-quantum cryptography, especially multivariate and code-based cryptography. She has been actively involved in the current NIST standardization process
for Post-Quantum Cryptography as a principal submitter of the Second round candidate MQDSS.
She has published on several IACR conferences and IEEE Symposiums, and has been a program committee member of various cryptography related conferences and workshops.

Andreas Hulsing
(Technical University Eindhoven)

Andreas Hulsing is an assistant professor in the Coding Theory and Cryptology group at TU Eindhoven. His research focuses on post-quantum cryptography – cryptography that resists quantum computer-aided attacks. His works range from theoretical works, like how to model quantum attacks or formal security arguments in post-quantum security models, to applied works, like the analysis of side-channel attacks or the development of efficient hash-based signature schemes. In many of his works he tries to combine the theoretical and the applied perspective. This is especially reflected in his work on standardizing post-quantum cryptography. Before his current position, Dr. Hulsing was a postdoctoral researcher in the Coding Theory and Cryptology group, working with Tanja Lange in the PQCRYPTO project. Before he was a postdoctoral researcher in the cryptographic implementations group at TU Eindhoven, working with Daniel J. Bernstein. He did his PhD in the cryptography and computer algebra group at TU Darmstadt under the supervision of Johannes Buchmann. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a research fellow at Fraunhofer SIT in Darmstadt. He holds a Diploma in computer science from TU Darmstadt.

Webpage: http://huelsing.net/

Jair Santanna
(University of Twente)

Jair Santanna is an assistant professor in the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) at University of Twente (NL). In 2010, he graduated in computer engineer from Federal University of Pará (BR). In 2017, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Twente (NL). A number of solutions proposed in his Ph.D. thesis were deployed by network operators worldwide and some methodologies are used by the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit. During his Ph.D., he also acted as technical advisor to the Dutch National Cyber Security Center and to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. DDoS attacks and multi-disciplinary data-driven research for cyber security are his main fields of interest. Besides his researching career, in less than six months as assistant professor (2018), he was voted by students as one of the best lectures of the EEMCS faculty. He also won (2018) the regional and national competition for the best science communicator (FameLab).


Seda Gürses
(TU Delft)

Seda is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, an affiliate at the COSIC Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven and a member of the Institute for Technology in the Public Interest. Previously she was an FWO post-doctoral fellow at COSIC/ESAT, and a research associate at Princeton University and NYU. Her work focuses on privacy enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, as well as questions around software infrastructures, social justice and political economy as they intersect with computer science.


Jaap-Henk Hoepman
(Radboud University Nijmegen)

Currently, I am an associate professor of privacy enhancing technologies and identity management at the Radboud University Nijmegen, working for the iHub, the interdisciplinary research hub on Security, Privacy, and Data Governance. I am also an associate professor in the IT Law section of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. Moreover, I am principal scientist (and a former scientific director and co-founder) of the Privacy & Identity Lab, and member of The Internet of People.

I used to be a columnist for the Financieele Dagblad (FD, a major Dutch newspaper), a regular guest on the Dutch national radio news show Nieuws en Co, a member of the Executive Board of Trust in Digital Life, chair of the IFIP working group 11.2 on "Pervasive System Security", and coordinator of the Kerckhoffs Institutethat offered a master programme in Computer Security, among others.

In my free time I enjoy making my own music, designing visuals, and practice Okinawan Goju Ryu karate-do.


Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran
(VU Amsterdam)

Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran is an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His research focusses on the performance and security aspects of networked systems. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken, Germany. He graduated with a PhD in 2016 from Duke University in Durham, USA.

Webpage: https://balakrishnanc.github.io

Fatih Turkmen
(Groningen University)

Fatih Turkmen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen since 2019. His research interests include access control, formal/empirical methods for security analysis and security/privacy of machine learning. He has broad experience in the design and development of security infrastructures related to authentication and authorisation when accessing sensitive data or services. In recent years, he developed an interest in genomic data privacy trying to answer questions like: "How do we ensure the protection of genomic data once it starts being used on a daily basis?". The research in this area involves the use of privacy-enhancing technologies and machine learning. He has been involved in various international projects (e.g. EU Cyclone) related to these topics, is one of the workshops chairs of SecureComm'22 conference and is an active member of respective national (e.g. Dutch AVR challenge) and international communities.






Past members


Andreas Peter
(TU Twente)


Peter Schwabe
(Radboud University Nijmegen


Veelasha Moonsamy
(Radboud University Nijmegen)



Supported by NWO and dcypher.