dr. R. Holz (Ralph)

Associate Professor

About Me

I am an Associate Professor in Empirical Security Analysis and Internet Evolution in the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems Group at the University of Twente.

Before joining the University of Twente, I was Lecturer in Networks and Security at the University of Sydney (that’s Asst. Prof. in other systems), Australia. Until 2016, I was a Researcher at NICTA (later CSIRO's Data61), also in Sydney, where I worked on network security and was part of the Security Business Team.

I hold a PhD from Technical University of Munich. I did both my post-grad and under-grad studies at Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen, one of Germany’s classic universities.

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Engineering & Materials Science
Network Architecture
Network Protocols
Transport Layer


My research interests revolve around understanding and improving the Internet for everyone, with a particular focus on security aspects. Most recently, I have been working on

  • Global-scale measurement of Internet service deployments and their security
  • Data-driven security mechanisms
  • Analysis of emerging technology and its implications

I view my work through the lens of real-world implications. The tech is not always what matters—it’s the embedding in our world that makes it meaningful. Hence, I work with other disciplines and industry alike to make the Internet a safer, more secure, and altogether more interesting and useful place.


Bertholdo, L., Ferreira, S. L. A., Ceron, J. M. , Holz, R., Granville, L. Z. , & van Rijswijk - Deij, R. M. (2022). On the Asymmetry of Internet eXchange Points - Why Should IXPs and CDNs Care? In 18th International Conference on Network and Service Management
Holz, R. , & Abhishta, A. (2021). A message from the program chairs of TAURIN 2021. In TAURIN 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Technologies, Applications, and Uses of a Responsible Internet https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3472951
Holz, R., Mellia, M., Bonaventure, O., Haddadi, H., Caesar, M., Gorinsky, S., Antichi, G., Camp, J., Claffy, K., Raman, B. , Sperotto, A., Vianna, A., & Uhlig, S. (2020). Update on ACM SIGCOMM CCR reviewing process: Towards a more open review process. Computer communication review, 50(3), 55-56. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411740.3411748
Choi, K. N., Kolamunna, H., Thilakarathna, K., Seneviratne, S. , Holz, R., Hassan, M., & Zomaya, A. (2020). Passive Packet Sniffing Tools for Enabling Wireless Situational Awareness. Paper presented at Cyber Defence Next Generation Technology & Science Conference 2020 (Postponed), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Wan, G., Izhikevich, L., Adrian, D., Yoshioka, K. , Holz, R., Rossow, C., & Durumeric, Z. (2020). On the origin of scanning: the impact of location on Internet-wide scans. In IMC '20: Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (pp. 662-679). ACM SIGCOMM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3419394.3424214
Abeywardena, K., Zhao, J., Brent, L., Seneviratne, S. , & Holz, R-G. (2020). Triplet Mining-based Phishing Webpage Detection. In Local Computer Networks IEEE.
Choi, K. N., Kolamunna, H., Uyanwatta, A., Thilakarathna, K., Seneviratne, S. , Holz, R., Hassan, M., & Zomaya, A. (2020). LoRadar: LoRa Sensor Network Monitoring through Passive Packet Sniffing. Computer communication review, 50(4), 10-24. https://doi.org/10.1145/3431832.3431835
Holz, R., Hiller, J., Amann, J., Razaghpanah, A., Jost, T., Vallina-Rodriguez, N., & Hohlfeld, O. (2020). Tracking the deployment of TLS 1.3 on the Web: A story of experimentation and centralization. Computer communication review, 50(3), 3-15. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411740.3411742
Holz, R., Perino, D., Varvello, M., Amann, J. , Continella, A., Evans, N., Leontiadis, I., Natoli, C., & Scheitle, Q. (2020). A Retrospective Analysis of User Exposure to (Illicit) Cryptocurrency Mining on the Web. In TMA Conference 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference, Berlin, Germany, June 10-11, 2020 Dagstuhl. https://dblp.org/db/conf/tma/tma2020.html
Hesselman, C., Grosso, P. , Holz, R., Kuipers, F., Xue, J. H. , Jonker, M., de Ruiter, J. , Sperotto, A. , van Rijswijk-Deij, R., Moura, G. C. M. , Pras, A., & de Laat, C. (2020). A Responsible Internet to Increase Trust in the Digital World. Journal of network and systems management, 28(4), 882-922. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10922-020-09564-7

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I currently teach/co-teach:

  • Empirical Security Analysis & Engineering (Q1, 202100073) in Q1
  • Internet Security (201700074) in Q1 (from 2022)
  • Network Systems (202001025/202001150) in Q3

I am a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

Affiliated Study Programmes


Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11)
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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