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Texas A&M at Qatar and HBKU to offer cybersecurity certificate program

Published Mar 20, 2019

Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Center will hold their second Fundamentals of Cybersecurity certificate program beginning 24 March.

Access to secure networks in a connected world is a necessity in today’s world. As an ever-growing amount of personal and potentially sensitive data is uploaded into servers everywhere, the public, the private sector and governments need stronger defenses against hackers and other malicious actors. The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity certificate program, established in 2018, aims to equip professionals with the skills they need to protect data and security in Qatar.

The program covers topics related to basic concepts behind modern cryptographic systems and how these concepts can be employed to secure data and private communications. Attendees will learn about the collection and analysis of open-source and publicly available information, white hacking techniques for stealth collection, methodologies for the evaluation and validation of sources of open and publicly available information, and OSINT best practices.

This program will show participants how to conduct penetration testing and forensic investigations, allowing users and administrators to configure computers in order to stop cyber-attacks, or at least minimize their negative impact. It will also cover the basics of wireless networks and show principal attacks on a wireless network involving the three components of the confidentiality, integrity and accessibility (CIA) triads. Understanding this material will allow the user or administrator to build countermeasures in order to protect the wireless network. 

Dr. Marwan Khraisheh, senior research director at HBKU, said, “The University’s collaboration with Texas A&M University at Qatar to provide a customized program on cybersecurity and meet the needs of the government and private sectors is aligned with its mandate of fostering local partnerships, as well as promoting knowledge in areas deemed necessary to meet today’s global challenges. Our world-class faculty bring extensive academic and industry experience to the program offering state-of-the-art training to ensure secure and reliable operations at all levels of interconnected computing and networking systems”

The course will be offered in four modules: Applied Cryptography and Data Privacy, 24-26 March; Open Source Intelligence in Cyberspace, 31 March to 2 April; Mobile and Wireless Security, 7-9 April; and Penetration Testing and Forensics, 15-17 April. All modules will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Education City.

Participants will receive a certificate after the completion of all four modules, and a certificate of completion will also be presented to attendees at the end of each individual module. 

Dr. César O. Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “At Texas A&M at Qatar, our continuing education courses offer great value for local working professionals who can apply their newly gained knowledge and skills immediately on the job and increase their value to their employers. Texas A&M at Qatar and our partners at HBKU are uniquely positioned to offer this advanced training to enhance the workforce in Qatar.”

Those who are interested may register online at for the four modules to receive a 10 percent discount. Special rates also apply to companies that register more than three employees, as well as Texas A&M at Qatar and HBKU alumni.