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Penetration Testing and Forensics

Module Dates:
25-27 March 2018

Module Time: 4-8 PM

This module is located in Doha, Qatar at the Education City

Module Overview:
Computer systems are nowadays a main component of our professional and social life. Computers refer to big computing machines (servers), personal workstations and desktops, laptops, and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Computer security, or cybersecurity, deals with the protection of computer systems from the theft and damage to their hardware, software or information. A computer system runs an operating system that plays the role of an interface between the user’s applications and the hardware. The most popular operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and iOS by Apple, and Linux (many versions). Each operating system has its own vulnerabilities. However, what all these systems have in common is a list of weaknesses leading to universal cyber attacks. In this module, after describing the basics of the cybersecurity principles, we demonstrate how to conduct penetration testing and forensic investigations. All major operating systems will be used in our demos.

Learning Objectives
The understanding of this material will allow the user or the administrator to configure computers in order to stop cyber attacks, or at least minimize their negative impact.

Who should attend
This module is useful, whether attendees are engineers, scientists, or standard computer users, in helping to keep the public aware of recent cyber threats and protecting their data while using computers and communication devices.

Module Instructors
Joseph Jean Boutros received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree in 1996, both from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST, Telecom ParisTech), Paris, France. From 1996 to 2006, he was with the Communications and Electronics Department at ENST as an Associate Professor. Also, Dr Boutros was a member of the research unit UMR-5141 of the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) in Paris. In 2007, Doctor Boutros joined Texas A&M University at Qatar as a full Professor in the electrical engineering program. Doctor Boutros teaches courses in signal processing, communication theory, information theory, and wireless communications. His mathematical approach for teaching communication theory is combined with a strong practical computing component. Doctor Boutros has been a scientific consultant for Alcatel Space, Philips Research, and Motorola Semiconductors, and member of the Digital Signal Processing team at Juniper Networks Cable. His fields of research are codes on graphs, lattice sphere packings, iterative decoding, joint source-channel coding, compressive sensing, space-time coding, physical-layer security, and physical-layer network coding. Doctor Boutros’ citations score is more than 5000 according to Google Scholar. His research is mainly performed under grants and tight collaboration with private companies and public institutions such as Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Ooredoo, and the Qatar National Research Fund. Dr Boutros is a senior member of the IEEE society. He is active in technical and organization committees of numerous IEEE events, such as the International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), the Information Theory Workshop (ITW), and the International Symposium on Turbo Codes and related topics. Doctor Boutros is co-inventor of 13 industrial patents including algorithms and techniques in channel coding and digital communications.

Hussein Alnuweiri , professor/ MEARSK Oil Qatar Professor in Qatar STEM Leadership. Areas of specific interest include mobile communications, distributed systems, internet computing, cyber security and applications of machine learning. He received M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1984 and Ph.D. Degree from the University of Southern California in 1989. Dr. Hussein M. Alnuweiri joined the Electrical Engineering Program at TAMUQ in August 2007, where he is teaching courses and conducting research in computer engineering, computer networking, system design, and real-time multimedia communications. Prior to joining TAMUQ, Dr. Alnuweiri held the position of Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. He has a long record of industrial collaborations with several major companies in the North America including Alcatel, Nortel, PMC-Sierra, and Qualcomm. He has authored or co-authored over 150 refereed journal and conference papers in various areas of computer and communications research. Dr. Alnuweiri is also an inventor, and holds four U.S. patents. Dr. Alnuweiri is a senior member of the IEEE and was a delegate of the Standards Council of Canada for the MPEG-4 (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG11) committee, where he contributed the first reference software for an MPEG-4 streaming server in 2001.
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