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Dr. Samir Tout, Professor

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"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

In which online degree program do you teach?

RN to BSN

  • Links to share?

    youtube.com/watch?v=n5pmqasoQkQ

    meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Raspberry-Pi-Projects/

    meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Embedded-Systems-Vehicle-Cyber-Security-Meetup/

  • 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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