April Chapter Meeting

The chapter's April meeting was held on the 25th of April at New York University. The topic was Key issues in cyber security focused on past and current projects at NYU presented by Dr. Claude Fachka.

Dr Fachka holds a bachelor degree in computer and telecommunication engineering from Notre Dame University in the United States as well as M.Eng and Ph.D. degrees from Concordia University Canada. Claude has more than ten years' experience in both industry and academia. He is affiliated with several government agencies, organizations and associations. He acted as a data scientist at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance Canada and a consultant for various organizations. He is vice- president at the Concordia University Alumni Association. In collaboration with US-based academic organizations such as Georgia Tech and New York University, Claude is taking lead on several cyber security projects at New York University in Abu Dhabi where he is a post-doctoral fellow. His projects fall in the areas of cyber security, cyber intelligence, cyber-physical and critical infrastructure security, data mining and machine learning, big data analytics and correlation.

His presentation included a through overview of such timely topics as:

  • Darknet: A cyber indicator for Internet threats and denial of service activities;
  • Malware: Geographic localization of malicious C&C, attack patterns and trends;
  • Smart City: Deploying SCADA monitoring systems and uncovering attack vectors; and 
  • Some UAE collaborations and pinpointing some future work.


The presentation was followed by some great questions and discussion.

The chapter is grateful to New York University, who graciously offered to host the meeting in the Experimental Research Department's Meeting Room.

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