This opportunity is based in Lausanne

Internship / Master Thesis - Intelligent Web Application Firewall



trustID is a full stack, multi-factor authentication solution and Identity Provider provided by ELCA. As it is an authentication solution, trustID stores confidential user information that is under the regulation of many data protection laws. trustID attaches great importance to its high level of security. To keep improving its security, the team is committed to use new technologies that drive the industry every day.

There are studies (e.g. “Building Your Own WAF as a Service and Forgetting about False Positives”, Black Alps 2019) that emphasise and show that it is now common and technically possible to effectively link perimeter security and machine learning. One such application would be to couple a WAF to methods of machine learning in order to decrease the rate of false positives in the context of attack detection and anomaly behaviour detection. This project challenges the student to do research work and study the possibility of including such a WAF in the trustID infrastructure, with the existing business and technical constraints.

In addition to the security and data processing challenges, it is also important for trustID to have an easy to integrate architecture, deployment and maintenance for this new component.


In this role

  • Understand the trustID state of art for perimetrical security.
  • Threat analysis: understand the attack vectors and the mitigations.
  • Analyze pros and cons of machine learning WAF and choose the most appropriate option.
  • Design an architecture scheme and a technical description of the solution.
  • Implement a PoC.

What we offer

Join our team as intern and you will find a young, dynamic and culturally diverse working environment.

About your profile

  • Required: Security, Network Security, machine learning, data processing basics
  • Optional: OpenShift, Cloud security

If you are INTERESTED in applying for this position, please send us your complete application (CV, cover letter, letter of reference, diplomas and certificates).

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