Best Cybersecurity Master Thesis (BCMT) Award in the Netherlands


Funded by 4TU.NIRICT/CSng   -  Supported by dcypher and NWO

What is the BCMT award?
The Cyber Security next generation (CSng), under the 4TU.NIRICT umbrella, is a community-building activity in the Netherlands in the field of Cybersecurity. One of the main goals of CSng is to form the next generation of researchers and engineers in Cybersecurity. To this end, CSng has decided to establish an award for the best Master thesis in this field, the BCMT award. The BCMT award rewards Master theses that make a significant academic and/or practical contribution to the field of Cybersecurity. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Privacy enhancing technology
  • Network security
  • Security and privacy by design
  • Cryptographic schemes
  • Trust management
  • Risk management
  • Socio-technical issues of Cyber Security
  • Cybersecurity situation awareness

Who can be nominated and how?
For the BCMT 2016-2017 award, all Master students who defended their thesis during academic year 2016-2017 (graduation before September 1, 2017) can be nominated.
A committee appointed by CSng will evaluate the nominated theses. The theses will be judged on the basis of scientific quality, originality, clarity of presentation, as well as potential impact of the results.

Nominations for the award should consist of:

  • A nomination letter from the thesis supervisor
    • Maximum of two pages;
    • Statement summarizing the reasons the thesis is worthy of the award;
    • The letter should include the student name, thesis supervisor(s), thesis title, and institution granting the degree.
  • Master thesis (in PDF format)
  • A short summary of the thesis (mandatory in English)
  • Curriculum vitae (in PDF format) of the nominee

Nominations can be submitted until January 15, 2018, to the Evaluation Committee member at the nominee’s university (see Evaluation Committee below). Each Evaluation Committee member can nominate up to two theses in total, which will be considered for the award, meaning that he/she has to select the best two nominated theses from his/her university.

The winner of the award will be announced during ICT.OPEN 2018, which will be held on 19-20 March 2018. The authors of the best two Master theses will have the opportunity to present their work at the conference (so please save the date!). A cash supplement of 1000 euro accompanies the award (1st prize); another 250 euro will be given to the 2nd prize.

Where can I get further information?
For further information about the award, contact Dr. Andreas Peter (

Evaluation Committee
Luca Allodi, Eindhoven University of Technology
Zekeriya Erkin, Delft University of Technology
Cristiano Giuffrida, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Wil Michiels, NXP
Veelasha Moonsamy, Utrecht University
Jorge A. Perez, University of Groningen
Andreas Peter, University of Twente
Milan Petkovic, Philips Research
Erik Poll, Radboud University Nijmegen

History of BCMT
The first award (BCMT 2015-2016) was handed out at ICT.OPEN 2017 on March 21, 2017, during the Cyber Security session. A committee consisting of representatives of several Dutch Universities and companies led by CSng selected two theses out of six theses submitted. These two highly ranked cyber security theses were presented by the master students themselves. Both presenters received a signed certificate, only one of them got the award, which went to Lars Bade (RU Nijmegen) for his outstanding thesis entitled “Resilience of the Domain Name System: A case study for .nl” (see picture). The committee concluded:

The research question is non-trivial and has ramifications to security and network design/administration; obtained results are relevant from both scientific and industrial perspectives. The author validates the proposed method by considering 60 failure scenarios; the underlying design decisions are examined and justified in great detail. This thesis resulted from a collaboration with SIDN; this is yet another highlight of this outstanding master work.”

Lars Bade (RUN) receives the BCMT Award 2015-2016 at ICT.OPEN 2017 from Dr. Nicola Zannone (TU/e), Dr. Andreas Peter (UTwente; left), and Dr. Zeki Erkin (TUD; right)