Education

I think of learning as an essential element in one's life, as important as eating and drinking. My best moments are when I learn something new or help someone learn something new. I am currently engaged in educating students through delivering university-level courses, advising student projects, assisting students in learning activities outside the classroom, creating and enhancing educational material, and participating in K-12 educational events.

Courses

 

INFSCI 2821 Network Security

Fall 2020

Principles of network security and management. Review of network vulnerabilities, security at the link,

network and transport layers, IPsec, SSL, and VPNs. Email security (PGP, S/MIME); Kerberos; x.509

Certificates; SNMP security; firewalls; filters and gateways; policies and implementation of firewall policies; state full firewalls; firewall appliances.

INFSCI 2621 Security Management & Forensics

SPRING 2021

Administration and management of security of enterprise information systems and networks. Principles and tools related to intrusion detection systems, vulnerability analysis, anomaly detection, computer forensics, application logging, auditing and data management, risk management, contingency planning and incident handling, digital immune systems, and alarms and responses. Security standards, evaluation and certification process; security planning, ethical and legal issues in information; privacy, traceability and cyber-evidence.

INFSCI 1740 Team-Based Capstone Project

Fall 2020 - Current

Learn how to solve real-world problems and experience the satisfaction of seeing a project through from start to finish. Gain hands-on experience working directly with clients and observe how senior leaders make difficult decisions. Build skills in requirements gathering, scope management and stakeholder management. Strengthen project management and interpersonal skills by working in a team-based setting under the guidance of faculty. Performance will be evaluated and graded based on the overall project success and assessments from the client, faculty and student peer reviews.

INFSCI 1600 Security & Privacy

Fall 2020 - Current

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of information security ranging from threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks to protection, detection, and response. Students will develop the ability to converse with the terminology used in information security (e.g., confidentiality, authentication, integrity, availability). The course will cover the basics of security issues in operating systems, applications, and databases. This is followed by an examination of the architecture and generalized protocol/operational aspects of information networks to identify how security attacks (e.g., denial of service) are possible. Basics of security mechanisms such as cryptography, firewalls, and secure protocols for networks will be presented. The course will include a discussion of privacy and human factors in security (e.g., usable security).

CS 4970/1 Capstone Practicum

Fall 2017 - Spring 2020

This course is one option in the CS Senior Thesis track. Under the Practicum track, students will take two 3-credit courses, CS 4970 and CS 4971. These courses would form a year-long group-based and project-based practicum class. There would be an actual customer, which could be either internal (the course instructor, other CS professors, etc.) or external (local companies, local non-profits, etc.).

AY 17-18: 15 Projects / 15 Teams / 91 Students

AY 18-19: 10 Projects / 15 Teams / 92 Students

AY 19-20: 18 Projects / 18 Teams / 109 Students

CS 4760 Network Security

Spring 2017 - spring 2020

This course covers the principles of secure network communications and the application of network security. Topics include: attack types, attack surfaces, attack phases, network security devices (a)symmetric key encryption, cryptographic hash function, authentication/identification techniques, key distribution, and data integrity assurance. Also, currently used security mechanisms and protocols will be discussed.

CS 4501 Penetration Testing

Spring 2019

Students learn the stages of a penetration test and create a sandboxed environment to safely try various penetration testing techniques. Students then follow a hands-on approach to experience how vulnerabilities can be discovered and exploited.

CS 1110/3 Introduction to Programming

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. No previous programming experience required.

 

Outside the Classroom

Cyber fusion 2020
February 21-22, 2020
WiFi hacking @ uWindsor
January 24, 2020
cyber fusion 2019
February 22-23, 2019
CAE-CDE Designation (Uva)
November 7, 2018
2018 cyberwars camp
June 18-22, 2018
2018 National ccdc
April 13-15, 2018
WiCyS 2018
March 23-24, 2018
2018 Mid-Atlantic ccdc
March 15-17, 2018
Enigma 2018 | USENIX
January 16-18, 2018
 

Resources

  • National Cyber League  [Link]
    A performance-based and learning-centered collegiate cybersecurity competition.
     

  • Cyber FastTrack  [Link]
    A free online scholarship competition, created by experts at the SANS Institute, which aims to provide thousands of students with the opportunity to enter the cybersecurity industry.

     

  • Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS)  [Link]
    A community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

     

  • Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC)  [Link]
    An organization dedicated to raising awareness of cybersecurity career opportunities and advancement for women in the field of cybersecurity.

     

  • Hack The Box (HTB)  [Link]
    An online platform allowing you to test your penetration testing skills and exchange ideas and methodologies with thousands of people in the security field.

     

  • DEVPOST  [Link]
    A site for building products, practicing skills, learning technologies, growing your network, and participating in online virtual and in-person hackathons.

     

  • Cyber Career Pathways Tool  [Link]
    A new and interactive way to explore work roles within the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Contact

Department of Informatics and Networked Systems

School of Computing and Information

University of Pittsburgh

135 N. Bellefield Avenue

622 IS Building

Pittsburgh, PA  15260

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Tel: N/A

E-mail: ​aibrahim@pitt.edu

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