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.

If you're involved in research that impacts the privacy and security of Firefox and would like to reach us, please send an email to:



Christoph Kerschbaumer

Security Infrastructure Engineering Manager

Christoph manages Security Infrastructure Engineering at Mozilla and has over a decade of experience in Secure Systems Development. His work ranges from designing secure systems with fail safe defaults to fighting cross site scripting as well as preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. Christoph 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.


Benjamin Beurdouche

Security Researcher

Benjamin is a security researcher working on formal methods for cryptographic primitives and security protocols. He worked on the design and security analysis of TLS and currently is a co-author of the Messaging Layer Security (MLS) protocol at the IETF, and the HACL* cryptographic library which is part of Project Everest.