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Mobile and Wireless Security

Module Dates:
1-3 April 2018

Module Time: 4-8 PM

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

Module Overview:
The heart of the Internet is mainly based on fiber optics devices and packet routers to carry and route a huge amount of data between countries and continents. However, at the last mile of the Internet, the common method for users to access and share information is to utilize wireless networks. Such networks include both mobile cellular networks and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. Wi-Fi is used in almost all locations such as homes, offices, malls, coffee shops, and airports. This extensive use of wireless networks brings many threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of information. In this module, we learn the basics of wireless networks and demonstrate principal attacks on a wireless network involving the three components of the CIA triads. Attacks to be explained and demonstrated in class include spoofing, packet injection, cracking, flooding, and attacks on authentication.

Learning Objectives
The understanding of this material will allow the user or the administrator to build countermeasures in order to protect the wireless network.

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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