Post-Doctoral Fellowship- IoT network design and securityApply Now Job ID 2020-10272 Date posted 01/07/2021
Overview - External
FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.
This position is for a limited term of up to three years, renewable each year. The role is typically focused on performing publishable work as part of a strategic research program under the guidance of a program manager or other senior research staff member(s).
The Equipment, Cyber and Materials Science team is looking for a PostDoc candidate to support our research into IoT network design and security.
As industry expands, so does the demand on technology and its associated architectural frameworks. Isolated infrastructures, such as OT (Operational Technology) Networks, which once relied on ICS (Industrial Control Systems) for data aggregation and reporting now demand faster processing and computing in geographically dispersed locations. To address this demand, devices often referred as the IoT (Internet of Things), are being deployed into existing infrastructures. However, with these implementations, additional requirements regarding protocols, connectivity, network structure, data retention, and analytics can pose security challenges to an established network architecture.
As part of the research you will participate in setting up IoT networks in a lab environment, specifically focused on IoT devices embedded into OT networks. These networks will be subjected to different forms of attacks to understand their resilience under these conditions. Design choices, network monitoring approaches (e.g. self-adaptive intrusion detection) and other defensive measures/security products (e.g. identity and access management approaches, segmentation etc.) will be researched in order to create practical guidance for FM Global’s client companies.
PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer science, Physics or related field
The ability to design an IoT environment using a common architectural framework that takes advantage of IoT’s benefits such as efficiency, response time, network speed, reliability, and reduced costs.
Understanding of session communication protocols, such as MQTT, CoAP, AMQP, DDS, XMPP, mDNS, SSDP
Understanding of technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRa, Bluetooth and ZigBee
Hands-on experience in IoT networks, devices and protocols
Experience with TCP/IP based network scanning tools such as Nmap and Wireshark
Experience in configuring IoT devices for SOC/SIEM analysis
Knowledge of applicable industry standards and IoT security frameworks a big plus
Training & Benefits
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- Extensive training and professional development
- Inclusive culture that seeks out and respects diversity
- Healthy work/life balance through employee-focused policies, such as healthcare, fitness reimbursement and paid time off
- Company-provided car (for field engineers)
- Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package that includes competitive base pay, an employee incentive plan, retirement benefits and programs
- Corporate citizenship programs and sustainability initiatives, including the Matching Gift and United Way campaign programs. Whether we're protecting the environment or giving back to the community, we are committed to doing business with honesty, integrity and transparency
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