Internship—Penten (Project 2)

Starting Semester 1, 2024

5 Sep 2023

This position is offered through the ANU Computing Internship (COMP3820 / COMP4820 / COMP8830)

Penten Pty Ltd

Penten is an Australian-based cyber technology company focused on innovation in secure mobility, applied AI (artificial intelligence) and tactical communications security.

Project - Detection Methods for Honeyfiles

A Honeyfile is a cybersecurity deception technique designed to identify and deceive potential cyber threats within a network. It is a decoy file that appears to be valuable or sensitive to an attacker but is, entirely fake. The purpose of a HoneyFile is to attract and detect unauthorised or malicious activity within a network by enticing potential attackers to interact with it.

This project involves researching and developing interaction detection mechanisms that can be embedded into a range of file types. Students will:

  • explore innovative techniques and technologies that can be used to detect and track interactions with files
  • assess the accuracy & efficiency of these techniques
  • capture data from the Honeyfile interaction that will enable cybersecurity professionals to investigate.

Student Outcomes

  • Exposure to cybersecurity tools and detection techniques
  • Exposure to an industrial codebase and professional coding practices.

Required technical skills
Coding, network administration

Required/preferred professional and other skills

Delivery Mode
In-Person Internship

Student location
Student must be located in Canberra only

Project’s Special Requirements/ Conditions

  • Intern requires Australian citizenship
  • Applicants are expected to be eligible for an NV2 security clearance (to be arranged by Penten after starting)

Type of internship
Paid (intern/s will be engaged as a casual employee)

How to apply
Applications are invited from eligible students to apply for the Computing Internship courses COMP3820 or COMP4820 or COMP8830. Eligibility details of COMP3820 / COMP4820 / COMP8830 and further information about the Computing Internship can be found on the Computing Internship page.

Eligible students can apply through the Computing Internship application form which will be available via the Computing Internship page between Friday 15th September to Sunday 1st October.

You can nominate multiple preferred Internship projects and host organisations through the one online application form.

Eligibility and Room Available in degree to undertake COMP3820/COMP4820/COMP8830 will be assessed at the time of application. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria or do not have room in your degree to fit COMP3820/COMP4820/COMP8830, your application will not be progressed.

Your application will require you to upload the following documents:

  • an updated copy of your Resume, and
  • an Expression of Interest (limit 350 words) for each organisation you wish to apply to (for organisations with multiple projects only submit one Expression of Interest but state clearly which project/s you wish to be considered for).

Semester 1 2024 applications open on Friday 15th September to Sunday 1st October.

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