Qatar University team awarded patent for innovation in network security

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The research team invented a new method to monitor the security of networks that continually change and are dynamic
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In a major achievement for a Qatar University team, it has been awarded patent for innovation in network security.

Dr Khaled Khan

Dr Khaled Khan and Dr Noora Fetais from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) have been granted a US Patent (No. 16/211, 762) for their innovation of “Methods and Systems for Monitoring Network Security”, in collaboration with Dr Armstrong Nhlabatsi from KINDI Center for Computing Research in the College of Engineering at Qatar University (QU), said a Press note from Qatar University.

The Qatar National Research Funds has supported this research under National Priority Research Program (NPRP). Dr Khaled and Dr Noora acted as the Lead PI and PI of the project, respectively; and Dr Armstrong was the post-doctoral researcher of the project. On this project, they collaborated with the researchers from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). The research team invented a new method to monitor the security of networks that continually change and are dynamic.

The Lead PI, Dr Khaled Khan, an Associate Professor at QU, has pointed out that modern networks are becoming more and more dynamic, such as the frequently changing nature of their topology compared to the traditional static networks. As network components change over time, the network security posture also changes, as vulnerabilities associated with the network components shift accordingly. His team found it of paramount importance to have a systematic method that security professional can use to assess the security of dynamic networks more effectively.

Dr Noora Fetais, an Associate Professor at QU, has explained that this patented approach is a new technique for monitoring the security of computing networks, including a plurality of hosts and a plurality of edges linking connected hosts.

Dr. Armstrong Nhlabatsi

Dr Armstrong Nhlabatsi of KINDI has added that this approach can capture critical changes and reflect the modified security posture to precisely assess the security of dynamic networks. Dr Khaled anticipates that this invention will make monitoring of network security dynamism more robust and effective, especially in the modern age where businesses are increasingly relying on the cloud computing platform for the storage and processing of data.

[Pics courtesy Qatar Qatar University media release]

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