Ali Haidar is an IT security and forensic consultant. He has 12 years' experience in the field during which he has consulted for a wide variety of clients that include: USAID, Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), The Lebanese army and counter terrorist division, and Saudi Telecom. He is currently working with USAID on setting up and managing offices in conflict zones. Part of his responsibilities is conducting penetration testing on sites to expose any computer security holes that might have been overlooked.
Apart from his work with the USAID he also helped in setting up the Cyber-Arabs program that is run by the IWPR. The program provides digital security training to activists, human rights defenders and journalists across the Arab world. Prior to working as a security consultant Ali was a certified Microsoft, Cisco and EC-Council trainer where he taught a wide variety of courses.