Research overview

KYPO Cyber Range

Since 2013, we develop and operate the KYPO Cyber Range Platform – a flexible, scalable, and sophisticated virtual environment where hands-on cybersecurity training can be organized. In 2015, the project was awarded by the Ministry of Interior for the exceptional results in the field of security research. KYPO is used for regular education of students of the Masaryk Univesity as well as for the organization of the biggest cyber defense exercise in the Czech Republic called Cyber Czech (in cooperation with Czech NSA). Selected publications:

Optimization of Cyber Defense Exercises Using Balanced Software Development Methodology

OŠLEJŠEK, Radek and Tomáš PITNER

International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach (IJITSA). 2020

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KYPO Cyber Range: Design and Use Cases.

VYKOPAL, JanRadek OŠLEJŠEKPavel ČELEDA, Martin VIZVÁRY and Daniel TOVARŇÁK

International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT’17). 2017

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Lessons Learned From Complex Hands-on Defence Exercises in a Cyber Range.

VYKOPAL, Jan, Martin VIZVÁRY, Radek OŠLEJŠEKPavel ČELEDA and Daniel TOVARŇÁK

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE’17). 2017

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Visual analytics for cybersecurity education and training

From the very beginning of the KYPO project, we put emphasis on user experience, user-centered design of user interfaces, and the support of learning and visual analytics. Our research aims to provide visual situational awareness, insight into the abstract cybersecurity processes and threats, storytelling, and advanced analytical tools. Selected publications:

Conceptual Model of Visual Analytics for Hands-on Cybersecurity Training

OŠLEJŠEK, R.V. RUSŇÁKK. BURSKÁV. ŠVÁBENSKÝ, J. VYKOPAL and J. ČEGAN

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). 2020

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Visual Feedback for Players of Multi-Level Capture the Flag Games: Field Usability Study.

OŠLEJŠEK, RadekVít RUSŇÁKKarolína BURSKÁValdemar ŠVÁBENSKÝ and Jan VYKOPAL

IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec’19). 2019

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Timely Feedback in Unstructured Cybersecurity Exercises.

VYKOPAL, JanRadek OŠLEJŠEKKarolína BURSKÁ and Kristína ZÁKOPČANOVÁ

ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE’18). 2018

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Evaluation of Cyber Defense Exercises Using Visual Analytics Process.

OŠLEJŠEK, RadekJan VYKOPALKarolína BURSKÁ and Vít RUSŇÁK

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE’18). 2018

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Visual analytics for computer forensic investigation

The CSIRT team (Computer Security Incident Response Team) of the Masaryk University is responsible for the investigation of suspicious computers connected to the university network. Together with them, we develop advanced visual and exploratory techniques to support the investigation processes. We primarily focus on the analysis of file systems using user-centered design and visual techniques. Selected publications:

Exploratory Analysis of File System Metadata for Rapid Investigation of Security Incidents

BERAN, Michal, František HRDINA, Dan KOUŘIL, Radek, OŠLEJŠEK, and Kristína ZÁKOPČANOVÁ

IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec’20). 2020

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Behavioral modeling and process analysis

Practical cybersecurity training is strongly process-oriented. There is no tangible output like code to be assessed or compared. Instead, trainees have to solve tasks, e.g, “scan the network and find vulnerable server” or “exploit the vulnerability to hack the server”. Therefore, process reconstruction and analysis are required to study behavioral patterns or to measure the quality of training sessions. We address these issues in two ways: (a) by designing models and simulations of cooperation strategies on complex networks, and (b) focusing on cybersecurity process discovery, compliance analysis, and behavior analysis for hands-on training programs by means of process mining techniques. Selected publications:

Simulating the Impact of Cooperation and Management Strategies on Stress and Economic Performance

DAŇA, JosefIvan KOPEČEKRadek OŠLEJŠEK and Jaromír PLHÁK

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (HICSS’19). 2019

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