Elias Bou-Harb

Elias Bou-Harb

Associate Professor

3272Q Patrick F Taylor Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Louisiana State University


Educational Background

Postdoctoral Training in empirical cyber security, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), USA.

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Concordia University, Canada.

MASc. in Information Systems Security, Concordia University, Canada.

BASc. in Computer Science, Notre Dame University, Lebanon.


Research Interests

Operational cyber security

Cyber forensics

Critical infrastructure security

Empirical Data analytics,

Digital investigation

Network Security

Network Management


Teaching Responsibilities

CSC 2362: Intro to Cybersecurity and Defense


Selected Publications

“ChargePrint: A Framework for Internet-Scale Discovery and Security Analysis of EV Charging Management Systems.” with T. Nasr, S. Torabi, C. Fachkha, and C. Assi, In Proceedings of the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium, 2023

“EVOLIoT: A Self-Supervised Contrastive Learning Framework for Detecting and Characterizing Evolving IoT Malware Variants,” with M. Dib, S. Torabi, N. Bouguila, C. Assi, In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM on Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 2022, pp. 452-466.“INC: In-Network Classification of Botnet Propagation at Line Rate.” with K. Friday, E. Kfoury, J. Crichigno, In European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), 2022, pp. 551-569, Springer, Cham.

“Interpretable federated transformer log learning for cloud threat forensics.” with G. De La Torre Parra, L. Selvera, J. Khoury, H. Irzarry, P. Rad, In Proceedings of the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium, 2022.

“P4DDPI: Securing P4-Programmable Data Plane Networks via DNS Deep Packet Inspection,” with A. AlSabeh, E. Kfoury, J. Crichigno, In Proceedings of the 2022 Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium, 2022, 1ś7.

“A Security Assessment of HTTP/2 Usage in 5G Service Based Architecture.” with N. Wehbe, H.A., Alameddine, M. Pourzandi, C. Assi, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2022, pp. 1-7.

“Sanitizing the iot cyber security posture: An operational cti feed backed up by internet measurements,” with M.S. Pour, and D. Watson, In 2021 51st Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2021, pp. 497-506, IEEE.

“HoneyComb: A Darknet-Centric Proactive Deception Technique For Curating IoT Malware Forensic Artifacts,” with M.S. Pour, J. Khoury, In NOMS 2022-2022 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, 2022, pp. 1-9. IEEE.

“On Ransomware Family Attribution Using Pre-Attack Paranoia Activities,” with R.M.A. Molina, S. Torabi, K. Sarieddine, N. Bouguila, C. Assi, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Vol. 19, No.1, 2021, pp.19-36.

“Demystifying IoT security: An exhaustive survey on IoT vulnerabilities and a first empirical look on Internet-scale IoT exploitations,” with N. Neshenko, J. Crichigno, J. Kaddoum, G. Kaddoum, N. Ghani IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2019, pp.2702-2733.

“Inferring and Investigating IoT-Generated Scanning Campaigns Targeting a Large Network Telescope,” with S. Torabi, C. Assi, E.M.B. Karbab, A. Boukhtouta and M. Debbabi, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

“A Collaborative Security Framework for Software-Defined Wireless Sensor Networks,” with C. Miranda, G. Kaddoum, S. Garg and K. Kaur, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 15, pp. 2602-2615.

“On Data-Driven Curation, Learning, and Analysis for Inferring Evolving Internet-of-Things (I0T) Botnets in the Wild,” with M. S. Pour, A. Mangino, K. Friday, M. Rathbun and F. Iqbal, Computers and Security, Vol. 91, p. 101707.

“A Big Data-Enabled Consolidated Framework for Energy Efficient Software Defined Data Centers in IoT Setups,” with Kuljeet Kaur, Sahil Garg, Georges Kaddoum and Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2019, pp. 99:1-1, DOI:10.1109/TII.2019.2939573.

“Theoretic Derivations of Scan Detection Operating on Darknet Traffic,” with Morteza Safaei Pour, Computer Communications, 2019, DOI:10.1016/j.comcom.2019.08.014.
“Decentralized Distribution of PCP Mappings over Blockchain for End-to-End Secure Direct Communications,” with Elie F. Kfoury, Jose Gomez, Jorge Crichigno and David Khoury,  IEEE Access, 2019, PP(99), DOI:10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2934049.

“A Review of Recent Advances and Security Challenges in Emerging E-Enabled Aircraft Systems,” with Farooq Shaikh, Mohamad Rahouti, Nasir Ghani, Kaiqi Xiong and Jamal Haque, IEEE Access, 2019, PP(99), DOI:10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2916617.

“Demystifying IoT Security: An Exhaustive Survey on IoT Vulnerabilities and a First Empirical Look on Internet-scale IoT Exploitations,” with Nataliia Neshenko, Jorge Crichigno, Georges Kaddoum and Nasir Ghani, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 2019.

Awards and Honors

UT System-wide Distinguished Research Award. 2023. Texas.

University-wide Service Award for Center Leadership, UTSA (2023)

Sole Recipient of all UTSA’s Faculty Research Award (2021/2022)

Named the recipient of UTSA College of Business Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip
Piccione Endowed Faculty Award for Research Excellence (2020)

Elevated to IEEE Senior Member (2020)

Sole Recipient of the Junior, Faculty-wide, Research Award, FAU (2019)

Six Best Conference Research Paper Awards (2015-2023)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral
Fellowship (PDF): Top 1% of all Canadian Computer Science Ph.D. Students (2016)

Fonds de recherche du Québec - Fellowship, Ranked 1st in the province of Quebec (2015).


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