Stephan Karlsson, Doctoral student


Stefan is a PhD student at Mälardalen University since September 2018. He started his university studies within Computer Networks and Data Communication at Mälardalen University in 2008. In 2010 his study interests changed to Software Engineering and as such he received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Mälardalen University in 2013. This was followed by a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science with specialization in Embedded Systems from Mälardalen University in 2015.

Prior to his position as a PhD student, he worked as a Cyber Security Software Developer at Westermo R&D. He has also worked as a research engineer/assistant at the Industrial Research and Innovation Lab (IRIL) at Mälardalen University, mainly doing projects for Ericsson, Volvo CE, ABB, MDH and SICS between 2012 and 2015.

Main research areas:

  • Cyber Security and IT-security
  • Data communication (VPN, encryption, AAA, SSL etc - for both IT/OT as well as other, e.g., RFID, BT, CAN etc)
  • Operating Systems (PC and embedded - SW/HW crypto, FW/ACL, certificats, AAA etc)
  • Cyber Security Risk Management
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Cyber Security Testing and Validation
  • Cyber Security Feature SW Development
  • Ethical hacking and Penetration Testing
  • Threat Modelling
  • SecDevOps (experience: git, jenkins, SLSA, Dependabot, Software Composition Analysis etc)
  • Reverse Enginering and Forensics
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Cyber Security Standards (IEC62443, ISO29000 etc)