Dr. Elias Bou-Harb is currently the Director of the Cyber Center For Security and Analytics at UTSA, where he leads, co-directs and co-organizes university-wide innovative cyber security research, development and training initiatives. He is also an Associate Professor at the department of Information Systems and Cyber Security specializing in operational cyber security and data science as applicable to national security challenges. Previously, he was a senior research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he contributed to federally-funded projects related to critical infrastructure security and worked closely with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He is also a permanent research scientist at the National Cyber Forensic and Training Alliance (NCFTA) of Canada; an international organization which focuses on the investigation of cyber-crimes impacting citizens and businesses. Dr. Bou-Harb holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, which was executed in collaboration with Public Safety Canada, Industry Canada and NCFTA Canada. His research and development activities and interests focus on operational cyber security, attacks’ detection and characterization, malware investigation, cyber security for critical infrastructure and big data analytics. Dr. Bou-Harb has authored more than 85 refereed publications in leading security and data science venues, has acquired state and federal cyber security research grants valued at more than $4M, and is the recipient of 5 best research paper awards, including the prestigious ACM’s best digital forensics research paper.
University of Texas at San Antonio, USA