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QU team granted US patent for cybersecurity | Qatar University

QU team granted US patent for cybersecurity


Dr. Khaled Khan and Dr. Noora Fetais from Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in collaboration with Dr. Armstrong Nhlabatsi from QU’s KINDI Center for Computing Research have been granted a US Patent (No. US 11,146,583 B2) for their innovation ‘Threat-Specific Security Risk Evaluation for Networked Systems.’

Dr. Khaled and Dr. Noora acted as the Lead PI and PI respectively of the project supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). Dr. Armstrong is the lead researcher of this patent. In this project, they collaborated with the researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. The research team invented an improved method for threat-specific risk evaluation tailored to specific security objectives in networked systems. Organizations can use this method to evaluate their organization-specific threats as opposed to general security threats.

The Lead PI, Dr. Khaled Khan, an Associate Professor at QU, pointed out that effectively identifying vulnerability in the networked systems is a prerequisite for any security mechanisms, and this patented approach could satisfy this requirement.

Dr. Noora Fetais, an Associate Professor at QU, added that the approach consists of a set of metrics that could capture and calculate the magnitude of risks in the network related to a specific threat.

Dr. Armstrong Nhlabatsi of KINDI further explains that this patented approach is an improved technique for monitoring the security of computing networks, including a plurality of vulnerabilities of the components in the network. The team hopes that this invention will make evaluation of network security risk more effective and robust.

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