SecEng University Relationship Framework (SURF)

The Mozilla Security Engineering University Relationship Framework (SURF) initiative aims to increase collaboration between Mozilla and the academic community. We would like to leverage academic talent to help explore security and privacy research problems, and to strengthen Mozilla's ties to the academic community. Mozilla security engineers aim to actively participate in the research community through thesis supervision, collaborations, placements and Mozilla-hosted security summits.

To date, the SURF team has planned two research summits, is actively participating in several research collaborations, and is serving on a number of conference program committees. We can offer real-world security and privacy research problems and we would love to collaborate with you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Steven Englehardt

Senior Privacy Engineer
Mozilla

Steven works as a privacy engineer at Mozilla, where he designs and builds privacy features for Firefox. He received a PhD in Computer Science in the Security Group at Princeton University, where he worked in the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). His dissertation research focuses on the automated measurement of privacy-invasive practices on the web.

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Christoph Kerschbaumer

Content Security Tech Lead
Mozilla

Christoph is the Content Security Tech Lead at Mozilla with over 10 years of experience in Secure Systems Development. His work ranges from designing systems with fail safe defaults to fighting cross site scripting as well as preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine where he based his research on information flow tracking techniques within web browsers.

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Franziskus Kiefer

Senior Security Engineer
Mozilla

Franziskus is a Senior Security Engineer at Mozilla based in Berlin. Before joining Mozilla he did a PhD at the University of Surrey supervised by Mark Manulis and Shujun Li on the topic of password based authentication and MSc studies in Computer Science and IT-Security at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

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Thyla van der Merwe

Cryptography Engineering Manager
Mozilla

Thyla manages Cryptography Engineering at Mozilla, and her work encompasses security protocol analysis and standardisation efforts. Prior to starting at Mozilla, Thyla completed a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. Thyla's PhD thesis is TLS-focused and presents attacks against TLS 1.2 and below, and an analysis of TLS 1.3, contributing to the newer "analysis-prior-to-deployment" design process followed by the IETF for TLS 1.3.

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