Louise Axon was invited as a “Guest Researcher” from 20/02/2017-22/02/17 by the GRK-2050. She was invited in TU Darmstadt to strengthen the scientific exchange regarding network security monitoring. She is a DPhil student in Cyber Security, focusing on monitoring solutions for large-scale networks. Before joining Oxford, she completed MSc with Distinction in Cryptography at Royal Holloway, University of London, for which her dissertation explored adversary model in authenticated key exchange protocols. She also holds a First Class BA in Mathematics and Music from Cardiff University, where her studies included a year in the Music department at Université Paris-Sorbonne.
Her research looks at using sonification (the mapping of data to sound) to improve network monitoring capabilities in Security Operations Centres (SOCs). Sonification systems have been proposed, and to some extent tested, for use in this area before. Ms. Axon looks at refining appropriate sound designs for the network monitoring context, and validating the usefulness of sonification systems for improving monitoring capabilities.
Ms. Axon gave a talk on “Investigating the Design and Utility of Sonification Systems for Network Security Monitoring”. Graduate students and researchers from the TU Darmstadt as well as students and researchers from the University of Kassel were present in her interesting talk. After the talk, several researchers scheduled individual appointments to discuss future collaboration opportunities with her.