Our lives are being gradually transformed to the virtual world where information and communication security is a critical issue at every level. From the individual, to the organization, and even to the state; all operate within our cyber-world with the assumption that their data, messages, transactions, and any other activity is being protected from intruders and malware.

The cyber-security research group at the College of Information Technology operates within this context to address real-world security problems and to work with others to design and implement their solutions. The group works in a holistic manner addressing issues from IT governance, cryptography, intrusion detection, to hardware and IOT security. The group is also connected to the MSc in Cyber-Security program offered by the College.

Selected Group Publications:


  • Aysha K. Alharam, and Wael M. El-Medany “The Effects of Cyber-Security on Healthcare Industry”, Conference: The 9th IEEE-GCC conference& Exhibition, At Gulf Hotel, Manama, Bahrain, May, 2017
  • Aysha K. Alharam, and Wael M. El-Medany “Complexity of Cyber Security Architecture for IoT Healthcare Industry: A Comparative Study”, Conference: 2017 5th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud Workshops (W-FiCloud 2017), At Prague, Czech Republic
  • Marie Grifiths, Leena Janahi, and Hesham Al-Ammal, "A conceptual model for IT governance in the public sector", Fourth International Conference on Future Generation Communication Technology (FGCT), 29-31 July 2015, Luton, United Kingdom. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7300242/
  • Marie Gri_ths, Leena Janahi, and Hesham Al-Ammal, "IT Governance from Theory to Practical The importance of accountability", Proceedings of the 2nd BCS International IT Conference 2014: Conference on Mobility, Intelligent Networks, and Smart Societies, 91-10 March 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE. http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/bcsme2014.10
  • W M EL-MEDANY, “A Cost effective Programmable SoC for Network Security Using Xilinx Spartan 3AN FPGA”, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Emerald, ISSN: 1726-0531, 10-2, May 2014.
  • Hesham Al-Ammal, "A Hacking Case Study: Detection, Communication, and Code," Journal of Advances in Computer Networks, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 18-23, 2014. http://www.jacn.net/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=32&id=92
  • W M EL-MEDANY, “Low Complexity Reconfigurable PSoC for Network Security Using FPGA”, IEEE Mobile WIMAX Symposium, California, USA, July 9-10 2009.

Funded Projects:


  • Applications of Big Data Tools for Intrusion Detection and Proxy-log Analysis, Project no. 2015/10, University of Bahrain, Deanship of Scientific Research Grant.
  • Fast Video Surveillance system for the roadway security monitoring, Project no. 2013/4, University of Bahrain, Deanship of Scientific Research Grant.

  • Group Chair
  • Dr. Hesham M. Al-Ammal
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      Hesham Al-Ammal received his MSc Degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University in 1993. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Warwick, Coventry, in 2000. He was the Chair of the Computer Science Department (2003-2007), then Director of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Center (2009-2011), and is currently the Dean of the College of IT. His teaching and research interests include Cyber-Security, Intrusion Detection, Markov chains, Information Retrieval and Machine Learning.

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  • Dr. Wael M. El-Medany
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      Wael Elmedany holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Manchester University, UK, 1999; MSc degree in computer communications, Menoufia University, Egypt, 1991; BSc degree in Electronic Engineering, Menoufia University, Egypt 1987. He is the founding and managing editor of International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems (IJCDS). He is the founder and Chair of MobiApps, DPNoC, and WoTBD workshops series, as well as SCCCS-17 and CS-HSC-17 in cyber security. El-Medany is a senior IEEE member, member of editorial boards and TPC member of many international journals and conferences, and acts as chairperson in many conferences. His research interests in Cyber Security, embedded systems, remote monitoring systems, and reconfigurable computing.

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  • Dr. Aysha F. Bushager

    • Dr. Bushagerhas been selected as a representative of Scientific Bahraini Women by the US Embassy in Bahrain and participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on “WISE- Women’s Innovations in Science and Engineering” in USA. She was honored in the 5th International E-Learning Conference for winning the General Secretariat Award for the Design and Development of e-Courses at the Universities Level in the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2015. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK and a professional member in many associations such as: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association for Information Systems (AIS), etc.

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  • Mr. Abdulla Al-Dossary

    • Abdulla AlDoseri received his BS.c. Degree in Computer Science from University of Bahrain, Bahrain in 2013 and an MSc in Cybe-Security from the University of Birmingham in 2017. He worked at Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication as Computer System Analyst. His job focused in providing IT solutions including developing Web-based systems and configure servers for ministries sectors which are Land transport, Civil Aviation, Bahrain Post and Port and maritime. He developed an integration API to connect Bahrain POST system with Central Informatics organization system (CIO) through Bahrain government network for Bahrain Identity card renewal for civilians. His teaching and research interests include Mobile computing and Cloud Computing.