UAE Security Day – 2016

CCS-AD continues to develop high quality research that addresses challenges relevant to the UAE and region.  The UAE has one of the most advanced Information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructures in the region, as well as a high number of high-tech organizations and enterprises. However, advanced ICT infrastructures are the most vulnerable to threats and to the continuously changing advances in cyber-crime and cyber-warfare. The need for UAE based research in information and cyber-security is therefore increasingly important.  UAE Cyber Security Day’s goal is to organize a visionary research session that highlights and outlines the key research issues and challenges for ICT.



  • Date: May 25, 2016
  • Location: Conference Center (A6) NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island

Organized by

  • Nasir Memon, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & Principal Investigator, CCS-AD
  • Ramesh Karri, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Co-Principal Investigator, CCS-AD
  • Ernesto Damiani, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Chair of the Information Security Group and Program, KHALIFA University (KUSTAR), UAE
  • Bianca Arkeen, Center Coordinator, CCS-AD


Participating Institutions


Cyber Security research presentations from UAE Universities included:
  • Efficient Hardware Cryptographic cores for IOT and Big Data Dr. Hoda A. Khezaimy, Director of Research and Development in Cyber Security and Crypotology, EAIG, Emirates Advanced Investment Group
  • Reducing the Hash function complexity, SHA-1 as an example. Dr. Yousef Al Hammadi, Assistant Professor in the College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University
  • Quantum technology and cybersecurity Dr. Faisal Shah Khan, Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics and Sciences, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi Campus
  • Digital Forgetting – Timed Revocation of Online Data Dr. Christina Popper, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Securing Crypto Keys in the Cloud Dr. Khaled Salah, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University, Sharjah Campus
  • L Pattern Matching for Signature-Based IDS Using Myers Algorithm, MapReduce and GPUs Dr. Monther Alduwairi, Associate Professor in the College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University
  • Cyber Security for Enterprises and BIG DATA Dr. B. Vijayakumar, Professor and Head, Computer Science Department & Dr. S. Vadivel, Professor, Computer Science Department & Dr. Sujala D Shetty, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus
  • Creating a second line of defense: Computer Aided Design features to secure 3D printing Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Mechanical Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, NYU


Keynote Speaker: Prof. Bart Preneel

Keynote Speaker

Professor Bart Preneel

Biography: Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven; he heads the COSIC research group, that is a member of the iMinds research center. The COSIC research group currently has 70 members, including 5 professors, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and more than 40 PhD students. Bart Preneel was visiting professor at five universities in Europe and scientific advisor at Philips Research. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 5 patents. He has graduated more than 50 PhD students. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has participated to about 40 EU projects, for seven of these as coordinator. He has coordinated the Network of Excellence ECRYPT 2004-2012, 250 researchers) and is coordinating ECRYPT-CSA and the Marie-Curie ITN ECRYPT.NET. He has served as panel member, vice-chair and chair for the European Research Council and has been vice-president and president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), of the Academia Europaea, and of the Belgian Privacy Commission (subcommittee national register). He has been invited speaker at more than 120 conferences in 50 countries. In 2013 he testified in the European Parliament for the LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens. He received the 2014 RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics and in 2015 he was nominated fellow of the IACR. In 2016 he received the Kristian Beckman award from IFIP TC11 and he was invited to deliver the IACR Distinguished lecture.

Government Panel

Government Panel

UAE Industry and Government Panel

Impactful Cyber Security Research: Redefining Security from innovation to laws; Successes, Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Dr. Hoda A Khezaimy

  • Major Salem Al Ameri, Head of Cyber E-crime Branch AD police
  • Lt. 1st Sultan Al shareef, Cyber Security Investigator, AD police
  • Nasir Ahmed Al Rashedi, Director space policy and regulation in UAE Space agency
  • Thabet Bakheet, Head of information security and cyber security initiative in UAE central bank


A full agenda can be found here.



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