Dear Attacks in SDN Using NetFPGA-based OpenFlow Switch”.

Dear Sir/Madam,It would be my immensepleasure to apply for Erasmus Mundus SECCLO Master’s Program at AaltoUniversity. As a graduate of an engineering university in Vietnam, I aspire toextend my knowledge in this world-class academic environment.

From myperspective, I firmly believe not only that I am well qualified for themaster’s program, but also the program’s curriculum perfectly fits myaspiration.    I possess considerableexperience in researching computer networks, particularly network securityissues. With over two years working in a network security group, I had manyopportunities to work on top security problems of Software-Defined Networking(SDN).  One of my important projectsinvolved Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in SDN, in which I decidedto design a defense system protecting web servers against HTTP GET Floodingattacks.

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Thankfully, the project’s success was the key factor in my firstpublication, “Mitigating HTTP GET Flooding Attacks in SDN Using NetFPGA-basedOpenFlow Switch”. Moreover, it also contributed to my other remarkableachievement. I was awarded the Second Prize in Vietnam’s National ScientificResearch Competition for Youth in 2017.  The initial success in networksecurity has inspired me to look into the security issues in Vietnam. In fact,Vietnam is one of the top countries in the world with the highest number ofinternet users.

However, my country currently has a serious lack ofcomprehensive solutions to ensure the users’ information security. Numerousflaws in network infrastructures led to series of cyber-attacks, causing theannual loss up to hundreds of millions of dollars.  In the meantime, the emergence of cloudcomputing technology in Vietnam also posed a range of potential securitythreats to online services.

Hence, there is an urgent need for developing thedistributed computing systems with the guarantee of network security. Thechallenge really shaped my aspiration to make a contribution to my country’sdevelopment.However, I realize that thereis a dearth of my technical know-how to address these internet securityproblems. Fortunately, by reading the online information about SECCLO Master’sprogram, I found that the subject materials would best suit my career goals.First, the program’s concept to tightly link the security studies to developingindustrial products and services is in line with my mindset. As an engineer ofnetwork security, I deeply understand the importance of security issues to thereliability and quality of services.

Therefore, I hope that my hands-onexperience in the field would be valuable for the future work. Furthermore,SECCLO provides students an international environment, in which I could acquireknowledge and culture from many countries. In my opinion, having exposure todifferent ways of thinking is fundamental to sharpen the creative ability.  In conclusion, I sincerely believe that my qualificationsand research skills are absolutely suitable for SECCLO Master’s program.Studying security and cloud computing in this environment would pave the wayfor me to contribute to my country and the high-tech industry as a whole.   Thank you in advance for your consideration.Regards,Viet-An