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Dr. Samir Tout

Dr. Samir Tout


"Students learn the foundational concepts and apply them to real world scenarios. They come out with diverse knowledge that is enriched with my added industry experience."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Nova Southeastern University, 2006

Career Highlights:

  • Worked in the tech industry for more than 15 years
  • Presenter at multiple conferences
  • Published in multiple journals and conference proceedings
  • Awarded an NSF grant which focused on anomaly detection in a Smart Grid environment, 2014-18
  • Received several internal awards from EMU
  • Organized two tech meetups to engage our students and the larger community

Links to share?

In which online degree program do you teach?

B.S. in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense

Which classes do you teach online?

  • IA 103: Information Security Overview
  • IA 322: Managing Security Projects
  • IA 329W: Policy Development in Information Assurance (GEWI)
  • IA 462: Advanced Operating Systems Security and Administration

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

Students learn the foundational concepts and apply them to real-world scenarios. They come out with diverse knowledge that is enriched with my added industry experience.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Our courses offer a wide range of important topics in information and cyber security, so make sure you give each its due time for review, preparation, research and application.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in cyber security?

Good time management and interest in deep technical topics.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Technology continues to change at a fast pace sometimes rendering obsolete some recently covered topics. However, we continuously update our content to make sure it is up to speed with the latest.

Why did you start teaching?

I have always had a passion for exploration, research and sharing discovered knowledge. I have had a chance to achieve all of that in my current position as a professor at EMU.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Defensive Security Handbook: Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure" by Brotherston and Berlin

Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

I gave a TEDx Talk in 2013 in which I proposed a vision to close the technical skill gap we currently have. I'm also the organizer of two tech meetups: Ann Arbor Raspberry Pi, and Embedded Systems & Vehicle Cyber Security.

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