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SANReN Network Security Grant Call 2019 – closed

SANReN herewith requests proposals from South African public universities to host a grant programme that is designed to assist post-graduate students performing research in the fields of network security. This grant programme is aimed at:

  • supporting applied research in the field of network security, with a specific focus on the application thereof in the NREN domain; and
  • developing a pipeline of graduates skilled and capable in network security

Funding will be awarded to the university that is deemed to be most capable of leading Masters and PhD level graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers in the field of network security.

Details of the research focus areas, eligibility criteria, application requirements and evaluation process:

Universities that wish to apply for the grant programme can submit their proposals to Dr Renier van Heerden at renier@sanren.ac.za

Closing date: 1 July 2019.

SANReN attends 4th AENEAS all-hands meeting

SANReN, represented by Dr Renier van Heerden, participated in the 4th AENEAS All-hands meeting during 5-7 March 2019, hosted by the University of Manchester.

The objective of the AENEAS project is to develop a concept and design for a distributed, federated European Science Data Centre (ESDC) to support the astronomical community in achieving the scientific goals of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Further details of the meeting: https://indico.astron.nl/conferenceDisplay.py?ovw=True&confId=198

The AENEAS project is a H2020 project that runs from 1 January 2017 for three years. The objective of the AENEAS project is to develop a concept and design for a distributed, federated European Science Data Centre (ESDC) to support the astronomical community in achieving the scientific goals of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The scientific potential of the SKA radio telescope is unprecedented and represents one of the highest priorities for the international scientific community. By the same token, the large scale, rate, and complexity of data the SKA will generate, present challenges in data management, computing, and networking that are similarly world-leading. SKA Regional Centres (SRC) like the ESDC will be a vital resource to enable the community to take advantage of the scientific potential of the SKA. Within the tiered SKA operational model, the SRCs will provide essential functionality which is not currently provisioned within the directly operated SKA facilities. AENEAS brings together all the European member states currently part of the SKA project as well as potential future EU SKA national partners, the SKA Organisation itself, and a larger group of international partners including the two host countries Australia and South Africa. The AENEAS project is funded by the EC in H2020 under project no. 731016.

SANReN RFP: Dark Fibre for SARAO – closed

SANReN has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the supply, Installation and commissioning of dark fibre infrastructure for the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) from Carnarvon to Beaufort West.

Bid Number: 3259/08/02/2019

Publish date: 11 December 2018

Closing date: 08 February 2019 at 16h30

RFP documents can be found on the National Treasury eTender Publication Portal

Compulsory briefing session: 18 January 2019 at 10h00 at the CSIR Meraka Institute, Building 43, Meiring Naude Road

SANReN Cyber Security Challenge 2018: Winners

SANReN hosted its second Cyber Security Challenge during the CHPC National Conference 2018 at the Century City Conference Center in Cape Town.

The competition was split into two rounds:

  • During the first round, students competed for placement in the final round. Over two hundred students from more than ten universities competed in the qualification round that was hosted during September and October 2018.
  • During the final round, 38 students comprising ten teams competed over a span of four days from the 2nd to 5th December 2018. Much fun was had by the students during the competition.

The following teams participated in the final round:

  • misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria
  • Down Town Cookie Factory – University of Pretoria
  • Wits Hacky Sac – University of the Witwatersrand
  • PUK3 – North West University
  • GGEZ – University of the Western Cape
  • Mirai – Rhodes University
  • Bit Phase – Stellenbosch University
  • Bureau 122 – University of Cape Town
  • NUST4 – Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Cyber Nerds – University of Botswana

The final scoreboard at the end of the 2018 competition was as follows:

Overall placement Prizes:

  • First Place: misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria
  • Second place: Bit Phase – Stellenbosch University
  • Third Place: Down Town Cookie Factory – University of Pretoria

Specific Challenges:

  • Social Engineering Challenge:
    • Muhammed Rashaad Cassim (Wits Hacky Sac – University of the Witwatersrand)
    • Senate Pearl Lekemola (Cyber Nerds – University of Botswana)
    • Zonica Lombard (PUK3 – North West University)
    • Tinashe Chitamba (NUST4 – Namibia University of Science and Technology)
  • Hash Challenge: GGEZ – University of the Western Cape
  • Hack the Server Challenge: misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria

 

Much appreciation goes to our Cyber Security Challenge 2018 Sponsors

 

 

 

For more information see Cyber Security Challenge 2018