Amer is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2007. He then worked as a security consultant in the Enterprise Risk Services Department at Deloitte & Touche. He was engaged in several projects including: Vulnerability Assessment, Internal and External Penetration Testing, IT audits, and Control Assurance reviews. He joined the Middleware Systems Research Group in 2008 as a M.A.Sc candidate. His current research focuses on vulnerability-based Intrusion Detection Systems. He has also conducted research in parallelization of matching engines in publish/subscribe systems.