Pontus Johnson is a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests mainly lie in the area of cyber security and the analysis of architectural models of computer networks – in particular simulating cyber attacks on such networks. Pontus supervises a number of PhD students and holds courses on Ethical Hacking. He is the director of the Center for Cyber Defense and Information Security at KTH, a collaboration with the Swedish Armed Forces. He received his MSc from the Lund Institute of Technology in 1997 and his PhD and Docent titles from the Royal Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2007. He was appointed professor in 2009. Since 2013, he is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He has chaired, co-chaired, and participated as steering committee member in many international conferences and workshops and participated in program committees in over fifty such events. He has been associate and guest editor to several journals. He has authored well over 100 scientific articles, mainly on the prediction of the cyber security and other non-functional properties in software-intensive system architectures. Pontus is the chair of IVA Division II. Pontus is also a co-founder of foreseeti, a research spin-off company developing cyber security attack simulation software. He was recently credited with the discovery of the worlds oldest security vulnerability, in the universal Turing machine. He is a member of the Software Systems Architecture and Security (SSAS) research group within the Division of Network and Systems Engineering (NSE) at the Department of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at KTH.
If you would like to develop your expertise significantly, consider applying for a PhD student position in our group. We regularly announce new positions.
Simon Gökstorp (Main Supervisor)
Jakob Nyberg (Main Supervisor)
Yeongwoo Kim (Assistant Supervisor)
Kim Hammar (Assistant Supervisor)
Sotirios Katsikeas (Main Supervisor)
Margus Välja (2018) (Assistant Supervisor)
Markus Buschle (2014) (Main Supervisor)
Moustafa Chenine (2013) (Assistant Supervisor)
Ulrik Franke (2012) (Main Supervisor)
Per Narman (2012) (Assistant Supervisor)
Robert Lagerstrom (2010) (Main Supervisor)
Marten Simonsson (2008) (Main Supervisor)
Magnus Gammelgard (2007) (Assistant Supervisor)
Asa Lindstrom (2006) (Assistant Supervisor)
Erik Johansson (2005) (Assistant Supervisor)
Pontus publication are (usually) available in a link on the right-hand side of the page, and also on Google Scholar.
Hacking Master Thesis Projects
If you would like to do a master thesis project aimed at hacking something, don't hesitate to contact me. Previous projects have targeted control systems, electric locks, electric scooters, motor vehicle remote control units, and more.
Some students were featured in Swedish news outlets in recent years.
Executing arbitrary Turing tapes (Risky Business podcast)
TILL SALU: Företagshemligheter och privata detaljer (SR P1 Ekonomiekot Extra)
Om cyberkriget kommer (SR P1 Konflikt)
Rolf möter Pontus Johnson från KTH (Cyber Talks)
Avslöjandet som beskrivs som något av århundradets underrättelsekupp (SR Studio Ett)
New research center aims to fortify Sweden's cyber defenses (SR Radio Sweden)
Kurser i etisk hackning ska öka it-säkerhet (SR P1 Ekot)
Den goda hackern (Radio P1 Uppkopplad)
KTH utbildar i etisk hackning (SR P3)
Han hackar för säkerhet (Karriär)
Cybersoldater ska skydda samhällets system mot hackare (KTH)
KTH öppnar sin utbildning i etisk hackning – företagen också välkomna (Computer Sweden)
Ny KTH-kurs ska lära företag att tänka som hackare (Ny Teknik)
Han utbildar företagare till hackare (DI)
Vithattar blir svarta på KTH (Voister)
Nu kan du plugga till hackare på KTH (Computer Sweden)
Swedish University Offers ‘Ethical Hacking' Courses for 'Greater IT Security' (Sputnik news)