Dr. Basil AsSadhan

Dr. Basil AsSadhan is an associate professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at King Saud University. He is currently the deputy secretary general for gifted services at King Abdulaziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness & Creativity (Mawhiba). He was formerly the dean of admission and registration of the university. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Dr. AsSadhan's research interests are in the areas of: cyber security, network security, network traffic analysis, network anomaly detection, statistical signal processing, and machine learning and pattern recognition. He is the author of a book and has published his research work in several scientific journals and conferences. He has been certified by GIAC as an intrusion analyst (GCIA), and is the recipient of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Scholar Award.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
        Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009
        Dissertation title: “Network Traffic Behavior Analysis Through Statistical Signal Processing Methods”
 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
        M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2003
 King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
        B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2000
King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba”

Deputy Secretary General for Gifted Services                                                      July 2019 – Now
King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec 2000 – now
Deanship of Admission and Registration
        Dean                                                            Oct  2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of University Council, Oct2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Academic Plans and Curriculum, Oct  2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Foreign Student Scholarship, Oct  2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Organizing Graduation Ceremony, Oct  2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Admission, Oct  2017 – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Handling Student Academic Problems, Feb 2018  – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Steering Committee on Academic and E-Admission Systems, Apr 2015  – Sep 2019
            Member of Permanent Committee on Electronic Transactions, Mar 2015  – Sep 2019
        Vice Dean, Mar 2015 – Apr 2017
        Vice Dean for Technical Affairs, Feb 2013 – Feb 2015
            Member of Permanent Advisory Committee on Implementing the Academic System, Apr 2013  –  Mar 2015

Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
        Associate Professor, Dec 2019 – now
        Assistant Professor, Jan 2010 – Dec 2019
            Member of Demonstrators and Scholars Committee at the EE Dept., Sept 2011 – Aug 2015
            Coordinator of the Demonstrators and Scholars Committee, Sept 2011 – Sept 2013
            Director of the Academic Advising Unit at the EE Dept., Mar 2011 – Jan 2013
            Member of the Academic Advising Unit at the EE Dept., Mar 2010 – Jan 2013
            Supervisor of Students Activities at the College of Engineering, Nov 2010 – Jan 2013
            Supervisor of Electrical Engineering Student Club, May 2011 – Jan 2013
            Coordinator of New Media at the EE Dept., Sept 2011 – Jan 2013
            Member of the College of Engineering Council, Sept  2011 – June 2012
            Member of the BS Graduation Project Committee at the EE Dept., Feb  2011 – June 2012

        Demonstrator, Electrical Engineering Dept., College of Engineering, Dec 2000 – Dec 2009
Professional Certificates

  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • SCE Professional Engineer

Project Grants
UK Gulf Science Innovation Knowledge Economy Programme (GSIKE)
       Title: Cyber Security Challenges for Internet of Things and Core Networks
Saudi National Science, Technology, and Innovation Plan (NSTIP)
       Title: Internet Traffic Analysis in Saudi Universities
Raed: New Faculty Grant at KSU
       Title: A Novel CFAR Approach for Network Intrusion Detection 
Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching at KSU
Title: Developing the teaching of EE 482: Communication Networks
Journal and Conference Referee

  • IEEE Network Magazine
  • Elsevier Computers & Security
  • Journal of King Saud University – Engineering Sciences
  • Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective
  • ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications

 Society Memberships
        Saudi Telecommunication Society (STS)

           Board of Directors Member & Treasurer, Dec 2010 – Dec 2013
        Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
           Treasurer and cofounder of Student Sector at KSU, Jan – Dec 1999
Seminars, Lectures, and Articles
        KAUST/CoEIA Workshop on Cybersecurity Capacity & Capability Building, KSU, Mar 25, 2017
           Network Behavior Anomaly Detection: A Customizable National Tool to Analyze Network Threats
        Joint Electronic Warfare School, King Fahd Air Base, Taif, Sept 16, 2014
           The Rise of Network Attacks
        Saudi CyberShield'14, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Apr 13 – 14, 2014
           Botnet Detection Through Analyzing Network Traffic Using Statistical Signal Processing Methods
        Al-Jweah Magazine – Royal Saudi Air Force, Issue 21, June 2011
           Botnets and How to Combat its Threats (In Arabic)
        Alriyadh News Paper, Issue 15626, Apr 6, 2011
           The Depletion of Internet Addresses … Will it Stop its Growth in 2011? (In Arabic)
        Al-Mubtaah Magazine, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Washington, DC, Issue 188, July 2009
           Preparing for Job Market … Summer Internship a Way to Achieve This (In Arabic)
        Support Unit for Demonstrators, Lecturers, and Scholars, KSU
           Step by Step … Applying to Top U.S. Graduate Schools
           PhD without Obstacles
       Career Day, College of Engineering, KSU
           I Finished my BS Studies, Should I Continue my Graduate Studies or Look for a Job?
Conferences and Workshops
        Workshop on Machine Learning for Cybersecurity, Loughborough University, March 11, 2019
            Member of the organizing committee and one of the presenters at the workshop
        CoEIA Workshop on Cybersecurity: Future Challenges & Network Defenses', KSU, March 12, 2018
            Member of the scientific and organizing committee and MC of the workshop
        National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity, Mawhiba & Ministry of Education, Riyadh, Mar 10 – 11, 2017
            Scientific Judge
        3rd Saudi International Conference on IT – Cyber Security, KACST, Riyadh, Mar 29 – 30, 2016
            Chair of the Network Security's Session
        Innovative Ideas Competition, Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), Riyadh, Feb 15, 2012
            Scientific Judge
        High-capacity Optical Networks and Emerging Technologies (HONET), KSU, Dec 19 – 21, 2011
            Secretariat Coordinator
        3rd Students Scientific Symposium, KSU, Riyadh, Dec 15, 2011
Scientific Judge
        Saudi International Electronics, Communications, and Photonics Conference, KACST, Riyadh, Apr 24 – 26, 2011
            Chair of the Network's Session
        TAQNIA Cyber, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia          
           Cyber Security Consultant  (Part-Time), Nov 2014 – July 2018
        International Systems Engineering (ISE), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia          
           Cyber Security Consultant  (Part-Time), July 2012 – Oct 2014
        BBN Technologies, Cambridge, MA, USA
           Summer Intern, Network Technologies Business Unit, May – July 2008
        Cisco Systems, Portsmouth, NH, USA             
           Summer Intern, Wireless Networks Business Unit, June – Aug 2007
         Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
           Teaching Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., Jan 2006 – May 2007
         Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
           Telephone Network Engineer, Sept – Dec 2000
         King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
           Summer Inter, Summer of 1999
         Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
           Summer Intern, Summer of 1998
         The Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
           Summer Intern, Summer of 1997

  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations in Teaching and Learning, Nov 4 – 5, 2015, DSD, KSU
  • Essentials for Effective Peer Review of Teaching, Sept 15 – 19, 2013, DSD, KSU
  • Recent Learning Technologies for 21st Century, Nov 20 – 22, 2012, DSD, KSU
  • KSU Staff Development Programme, July 2 – 13, 2012, QMU, Edinburgh, UK
  • Helping Students Think Critically, May 17, 2011, DSD, KSU
  • Feedback in Teaching and Learning, Apr 5, 2011, DSD, KSU
  • Preparing Lesson (Lecture) Plan, Nov 8, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Assessing Student Learning – Test Construction & Grading, Nov 6, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Preparing Teaching Portfolio, May 24, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Micro Teaching, May 22 – 23, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Student Assessment and Classroom Management, Apr 12 – 13, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Effective Teaching and Active Learning, Apr 1 & 8, 2010, DSD, KSU
  • Course Design and Construction, Feb 23 – 24, 2010, DSD, KSU


  • Contemporary Practice in Student Admissions, April 26, 2018, Academic Leadership Center, MOE, KSA
    Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset, February 3 – 4, 2018, Arbinger Institute, KSA
    The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Mar  20 – 21, 2017, DSD, KSU
  • Organization Development, Apr 6, 2015, Academic Leadership Center, MOE, KSA
  • Change Management, Apr 5, 2015, Academic Leadership Center, MOE, KSA
  • Leading the Way to Set World Class Research Agenda, Feb 23 – 24, 2014, ALC, MOHE, KSA
  • Higher Education Leadership, June 24 – 28, 2013, FAU, Boca Raton, FL, USA
  • Intrusion Detection In-Depth, Mar 23 – 28, 2013, SANS Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Consultant Sales Training and Proposal Development, Mar 21 – 25, 2013, KAI, KSA
  • Professional Project Management, Nov 24-26, 2012, DSD, KSU
  • Management Skills, July 20 – 24, 2009, Learning Tree International, Washington DC, USA
  • System and Network Security, May 4 – 8, 2009, Learning Tree, Washington DC, USA
  • Project Management Skills, Mar 2 – 6, 2009, Learning Tree, Washington DC, USA
  • Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: Board Development, Oct 21, 2006, Nonprofit Leadership Institute, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Scholar Award, 2008
  • Graduated with First Class Honor, College of Engineering, King Saud University, 2000
  • Graduation Ceremony Speaker, King Saud University, 2000
  • Student of the Year Award, College of Engineering, King Saud University,2000
  • Silver Medallion, Gulf Corporation Council Physics Competition held in Bahrain, 1996