Regional Security Day – 2014

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CCS-AD hosted a day long research round table to develop a cyber security research agenda that focused on problems that are most relevant to the region. To make the region a leader in the cyber security area, the round table explored concrete collaborative research projects that can engage leading cyber security researchers in the region, including researchers from Qatar, KSA, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. The discussion touched on a wide variety of related topics such as data sharing, test-bed development, and how to attract cyber security talent to the region was also addressed. They discussed roadblocks to effective collaboration and ways to overcome them.


  • Prof. Moustafa Youssef, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Egypt
  • Prof. Adel Fadhl Noor Ahmed, Chairman, Department of Information and Computer Science, College of Computer Science and Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mines,KSA
  • Dr. Dimitrios Serpanos, Principal Scientist, Cyber Security, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Prof. Basheer Al-Duwairi, Chairman, Department of Network Engineering & Security, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
  • Prof. Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Prof. Sherif Khattab, Computers and Information, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Prof. Noureddine Boudriga, School of Communication engineering Sup’Com, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Prof. Qutaibah Malluhi, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Prof. Elmootazbellah (Mootaz) N. Elnozahy, Dean, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division Professor of Computer Science, KAUST, KSA
  • Prof. Khaled Alghathbar, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, KSA
  • Prof. Basil AsSadhan, Electrical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, KSA
  • Prof. Jamal N. Al-Karaki, Head, Information Security Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Department, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic University, UAE
  • Mr. Nigel Baker, Academy of International Security, Higher College of Technology, UAE
  • Prof. Thomas Martin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KUSTAR, UAE
  • Prof. Fadi Aloul, Computer Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Prof. Iyad Rahwan, Computing & Information Science, Masdar Institute, UAE
  • Prof. Khaled Shuaib, College of Information Technology,
 United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Prof. Ezedin S. Barka, College of Information Technology,
 United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Prof. Mousa Al Falayleh, College of Computer Information Technology, American University in the Emirates, UAE

May 14, 2014

Time Event
19:30 Round table attendee dinner

May 15, 2014 – Intercontinental Hotel

Time Event
8:30 Arrival and coffee
9:00 Welcome and introductions
9:30 Panel: Building World-Class Cyber Security Research Programs in our Neighborhood: Challenges and OpportunitiesModerated by Dr. Mustaque Ahamad, Global Professor, NYUADPanelists:Dr. Balki Balakrishnan, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of ScienceDr. Mootaz Elnozahy, Computer, Electrical, Mathematics and Engineering Dean, King Abdullah University of Science and TechnologyDr. Nasir Memon, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy
10:45 Break
11:00 Research Overview – A series of brief participant presentations outlining current and planned research of participants to introduce attendees with current ongoing research in the region.
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Breakout group discussions
15:00 Reports from breakout groups
15:45 Break
16:00 Next steps discussion
16:30 Adjourn