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Mansour Wins SANS “Hacker” Awards

Published May 05, 2014

Texas A&M at Qatar's Yaser Mansour, security analyst, won a computer forensics competition hosted by SANS. The event was part of the SANS’ Advanced Forensics and Analysis Course. Mansour led a team of four to victory over 15 other participants, performing most of the analysis himself. As part of the contest, participants were presented a scenario in which they had to figure out which computer in their organization had been compromised. Mansour’s team was the only one to complete the challenge successfully. Last year, Mansour won the capstone event at the completion of another SANS course, Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling. Kevin Davis, University CIO, said, “We are proud of Yaser’s accomplishments and the way he has represented Texas A&M at Qatar at these events.  He has demonstrated remarkable expertise in the areas of computer forensics and hacking.” Chief Network Engineer Mark Ridgway said, “Yaser has been doing excellent work on our intrusion detection system and intrusion prevention system. The University is fortunate to have Yaser working to protect our network and users.