KTH-SEECS Applied Information Security Lab

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

International Visits

Austria visit -- 2014-08-28

Dr Muhammad Awais Shibli presented two research papers in the 11th International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT 2014) held at Vienna, Austria during August 28-30, 2014.

The details of the papers presented are as follows:

  1. 1.  Muhammad Awais Shibli, Naveed Ahmad, Ayesha Kanwal, Abdul Ghafoor, "Secure Virtual Machine Migration (SV2M) in Cloud Federation", In: International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT), Vienna, Austria, August 28 - 30, 2014.

  2. 2.  Shizra Sultan, Abdul Ghafoor Abbasi, Muhammad Awais Shibli, Ali Nasir,  "Secure protocol for Financial Transactions using Smartphones- SPFT Formally proved by AVISPA", In: International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT), Vienna,  Austria, August 28 - 30, 2014.

Cyber Security Policy Executive Education Program by Monterey Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) Monterrey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), California (Aug 12 to Aug 14, 2014) -- 2014-08-12

Cyber Security Policy Executive Education Program was conducted under the supervision of Dr Itamara Lochard, Director of Monterey Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec). This training session was purely related to cyber security policies, laws and international strategies to encounter cyber warfare.  It was three-day training with the main focus on following parts: i) Evolution and History of Cyber Security ii) Globalization effect of Cyber Security iii) Crises Management & Peace iv) Responses by States, International and Non-Government Organizations v) Future Trends in Cyber Security vi) Social Network Analysis vii) Analytical Tools and Linguistics Computations. MCySec coordinates courses, workshops, speaker series that addresses the interface between international affairs and cyberspace. This includes the fields of hard security, human security/development, cross-cultural communication, social media, linguistics and language, business/economics, peace and stabilization efforts, digital ethics as well as other aspects.

Security Policy Discussions and Meetings with US Think Tanks Washington DC, (Aug 12 to Aug 14, 2014) -- 2014-08-12

NUST Cyber team including Dr. Abdul Ghafoor and Ms. Rahat Masood, held a number of meetings with various Think Tanks at Atlantic Council, US Department of State, Stimson Center, George Washington University and Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. The purpose of meetings was to discuss cyber security policy issues and develop strategies for confidence building measures.

The team first met Mr. Jason (Jay) Healey in the Atlantic Council. Mr. Healey is the Director Cyber Statecraft Initiative and the author of the book on the history of cyber conflict. The agenda of the meeting was to understand USA defined cyber policies and how different organizations are using this to protect their critical infrastructure. Before the meeting, the NUST Team called upon Mr. Shuja Nawaz, the Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council and his research assistant Ms. Nazia Khan. The issues discussed included: i) Cyber statecraft ii) Cyber hygiene iii) Internet Request for Comment (IRC) iv) SAARC CERTs v) The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) program sponsored by Atlantic Council.


Prof. Julie Ryan from George Washington University warmly welcomed the NUST Cyber Team delegation. Prof. Julie Ryan is doing research on Risk Management and Policies, specifically in the area of implication of warfare in policies and solutions to protect the resources in war games. The main objective of this meeting was to understand the role of institutions in Cyber Policy Management and seeks academic cooperation for developing cyber policies for Pakistan. Security issues of our banking system and role of cyber forensics in cloud environments was also discussed. It was highlighted that there are some legal challenges in cloud environment since cloud data may be stored in different states around the world.


Meeting in the State Department was held with Ms. Kathryn Schultz of the South Asia Desk and Mr. Benjamin Boudreaux, Policy Advisor from the coordinator office of cyber issues. Mr. Boudreaux explained in detail the cyber security policy and the existing Conference building Measures (CBMs) between the Russian Federation and the US. The NUST delegation emphasized the need for the idea of collaboration between universities on cyber security issues in South Asia. The models of the OSCE and Pugwash conference during the Cold War to bring together scientists for mutual benefit were also discussed.

IDART Methodology for Pakistan Cyber Security Seminar Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Aug 5 to Aug 9, 2014) -- 2014-08-05

KTH-AIS Lab heads, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Abbasi & Ms. Rahat Masood have successfully completed training on ‘Improving System Security Through Red Teaming’ organized by Information Design Assurance Red Team (IDART), Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. For Pakistan Cyber Team, a 3-day series of interactive sessions and exercises were organized to provide hands on training on secure system designing and assessment via IDART Methodology.  Through this training, it is learned to distinguish between red teaming and develop a skillset to organize IDART model for information systems. Overall, the training gave the confidence to start IDART model for government systems, critical infrastructures and prospective clients in Pakistan.


KTH-AIS Lab heads also learned about Tracer Fire (Forensic and Incident Response Exercise)  in the Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) . Details are given at following website. A series of lectures and hands on training was conducted by Mr. Benjamin Anderson of the Tracer FIRE. Tracer FIRE and Tracer INFERNO events provide hands-on computer security workshops to strengthen the community of cyber defenders in US Department of Energy (DOE), other government agencies, and critical infrastructure. Such workshops build a distributed team of cyber defenders with the latest skills necessary to respond to cyber intrusions.

Cyber Security Training Organized by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) (Aug 4 to Aug 21, 2014, USA) -- 2014-08-04

The United States Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories, organized three-weeks Pakistani Cyber Training at USA on 05 August 2014 thru 22 August 2014. KTH-AIS Lab heads, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Abbasi & Ms. Rahat Masood participated in the training. The purpose of this training was to learn about information security and confidence building measures. This training is an important step towards collaboration, cyberspace workforce development, information security growth in IT industry and government sectors of Pakistan and most importantly, towards the formulation and execution of Pakistan Cyber Laws and Policies. The training was three week program and was held at three different states of USA (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Monterrey, California; and Washington DC), with three major objectives i.e i) to elaborate Information Design Assurance Red Team (IDART) methodology and help improving the system security through red teaming ii) to provide cyber security policy executive education by highlighting international cyber security issues, contemporary dynamics in cyber security, crises management and future of Pakistan from cyber security law prospective iii) to discuss current views regarding the future of policy related to global information technology and security, and Pakistan's current and future involvement domestically and internationally. 


Dr. Awais Shibli Cyprus visit -- 2014-06-09

Dr. Muhammad Awais Shibli taught two courses as a Visiting Professor at Middle East Technical University (METU), Cyprus.  The courses entitled ‘Software Engineering’ and ‘Software Construction’ were taught to ‘Under Graduate’ students for the duration [Feb 2014-June 2014]. For more information, please visit official profile page.