Carnegie Mellon University

Ehab Al-Shaer

Dr. Ehab Al-Shaer

Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for Software Research

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Dr. Al-Shaer is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Institute of Software Research (ISR) in the School of Computer Science and Faculty Member of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Al-Shaer has more than two decades as a researcher and educators in the field of Cybersecurity. Prior joining ISR/CMU, Prof. Al-Shaer was a Distinguished Career Professor at Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University and he was a Professor and the Founding Director of CyberDNA and NSF Cybersecurity Analytics and Automation  (CCAA) centers in the University of North Carolina Charlotte from 2009-2020.

His area of research expertise includes (1) formal methods for security configuration verification, synthesis and hardening of enterprise, SDN, IoT and smart grid systems, (2) adaptive & automated cyber defense, (3) cyber and cyber-psychical resilience,
(4) data-driven cybersecurity analytics, and (5) cyber agility for attack deterrence and deception. Dr. Al-Shaer has edited/co-edited more than 9 books and book chapters, published more than 200 refereed journals and conferences papers in his area, and graduated more than 14 PhD students, who are working as tenure/tenure-track professors in academic institutions and researchers in industry lab.

He was designated by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on security analytics and automation in 2011, and he was awarded the IBM Faculty Award in 2012, and UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Award in 2013.  During his academic career, Prof. Al-Shaer received more than $20M research funding from government agencies including NSF, NSA, DARPA, ARO, ARL, AFRL, ONR, and industry including IBM, Cisco, Intel, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BB&T, DTCC, Duke Energy, CIS, RTI, and others.

Dr. Al-Shaer was the ARO Autonomous Cyber Deception Workshop in 2018, General Chair of ACM Computer and Communication in 2009 and 2010, NSF Workshop in Assurable and Usable Security Configuration in 2008. Dr. Al-Shaer was also the Program Committee Chair for many conferences and workshops including ACM/IEEE SafeConfig 2013 and 2015, IEEE Integrated Management (IM) 2007, IEEE POLICY 2008. Al-Shaer has two accepted patents and several submitted ones. He also has lead several technology transfer projects. He is also an advisory board member for leading companies in cybersecurity automation.