Amer is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelorâ€™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.