Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has named UAE National Hoda Al Khzaimi the Director of the Center for Cyber Security. Al Khzaimi comes to this role having held several posts in research and development in the cyber security and cryptology fields over the past ten years.

Al Khzaimi has headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in numerous national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates and has served on many national and international cyber security associations.

Of her appointment Al Khzaimi said: “The NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Cyber Security is an active player in achieving interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of science and security. I look forward to working with the team of students, engineers, researchers, faculty, scientific and industrial communities, and governmental partners to build an equally interdisciplinary, sustainable, dynamic, autonomous and diverse research and development ecosystem. Our goal is to manifest a resilient security practice and add a critical value to national and international cyber security welfare in this regard. ”

Al Khzaimi obtained a PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her research interests include space, aerospace, and UAV security. She is also working on constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cyber security architectures such as the Internet of Things and big data analysis, amongst others.

The vision of the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Cyber Security is to establish a world-class cyber security center by partnering with key local and international universities, industries, and governmental agencies to facilitate cyber security research, development, education, and best practices in the UAE and broader GCC region for this field. The Center acts as a catalyst to improve cyber security research and development in the UAE and enhance its regional and global competitiveness in this field.

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NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and science college (including engineering), and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — all fully integrated with each other and connected to NYU in New York. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global network university, with faculty and students from each campus spending "semesters away" at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.