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prof.dr.ir. R.M. van Rijswijk - Deij (Roland)

Full Professor

About Me

I’m full professor of measurement-based Internet Security in the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Maths and Computer Science (EEMCS) at the University of Twente.

My research focuses on defending the Internet against malicious activity and on strengthening the security and resilience of the Internet by improving protocols and operations, and the deployment of new security protocols and mechanisms. I use an empirical approach to these challenges by performing global Internet-scale passive and active measurements.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Amplification
Denial-Of-Service Attack
Ecosystems
Internet
Servers
Testbeds
Business & Economics
Operator
Privacy

Ancillary Activities

  • Stichting NLnet Labs
    Scientific Advisor
  • IPN
    Secretary IPN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

Research

My research focuses on defending the Internet against malicious activity and on strengthening the security and resilience of the Internet by improving protocols and operations, and the deployment of new security protocols and mechanisms. I use an empirical approach to these challenges by performing global Internet-scale passive and active measurements.

I currently have two particular areas of interest:

  • The Domain Name System (DNS) – after IP, DNS is the most critical protocol on the Internet, without which the Internet effectively stops working for most users. I explore the security of the DNS using large scale measurements and statistical analysis, for instance studying the effects of the deployment of the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), both in the positive (added security) and the negative (larger potential for abuse in DDoS attacks) sense. DNS also plays an important role in other security issues on the Internet, such as botnets, phishing and malware.
  • Routing Security (RPKI) – much like other early core protocols of the Internet, the interdomain routing protocol BGP was not designed with security in mind. The Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) aims to remedy this by allowing resource holders to manage authorizations for their resources. Apart from having an interest in the gradual deployment of this technology on the global Internet, I am also interested in studying new applications that further enhance the security of the routing ecosystem.

My research is supported by SURF, the collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch higher education and research, by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), by SIDN Fonds and by European Commission Framework Project grants.

Publications

Recent
Bertholdo, L. (2023). Anycast in the age of hypergiants: Towards tools and techniques for the other 99% of ASes. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036557320
Sommese, R. (2023). Everything in Its Right Place: Improving DNS resilience. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036556699
Khan, E. , Sperotto, A. , Ham, J. V. D. , & Rijswijk-Deij, R. V. (2023). Stranger VPNs: Investigating the Geo-Unblocking Capabilities of Commercial VPN Providers. In A. Brunstrom, M. Flores, & M. Fiore (Eds.), Passive and Active Measurement: 24th International Conference, PAM 2023, Virtual Event, March 21–23, 2023, Proceedings (pp. 46-68) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28486-1_3
Lee, H., Ashiq, M. I. , Müller, M. , van Rijswijk-Deij, R., Kwon, T., & Chung, T. (2022). Under the Hood of DANE Mismanagement in SMTP. In Proceedings of the 31st USENIX Security Symposium, Security 2022 (pp. 1-16). USENIX Association.
Lanfer, E., Hänel, T. , van Rijswijk - Deij, R. M., & Aschenbruck, N. (2022). Improving Proximity Classification for Contact Tracing using a Multi-channel Approach. In Proceedings of the 47th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) (pp. 64-72). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2201.10401, https://doi.org/10.1109/LCN53696.2022.9843531
Bertholdo, L. , & van Rijswijk - Deij, R. M. (2022). Towards a Federated Anycast Network: It's Always DNS. Paper presented at Trans European Research and Education Network Conference, TNC 2022, Trieste, Italy.
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
Jonker, M., Akiwate, G., Affinito, A., Claffy, K., Botta, A., Voelker, G. M. , van Rijswijk - Deij, R. M., & Savage, S. (2022). Where .ru?: assessing the impact of conflict on russian domain infrastructure. In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Internet Measurement Conference (pp. 159-165). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3517745.3561423

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Education

In the bachelor, I'm on the teaching team for the High-Tech Human Touch minor on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, in which I teach the basics of Privacy and Information Security. In the master I teach courses on Internetworking, such as Internet Measurements and Advanced Networking.

I also regularly supervise bachelor and master theses, if you're looking for a topic feel free to contact me or drop by my office. I have an extensive network in industry, both in the Netherlands and abroad, so if you're looking for an internship assignment or an external master topic you can also contact me.

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 5061
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  5061
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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