Parisa Tabriz

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Parisa Tabriz
Born1983 (age 34–35)
OccupationComputer security engineer
Known for
  • Google's "Security Princess"
  • Co-founder, Our Security Advocates

Parisa Tabriz is an American computer security expert who works for Google as a Director of Engineering. She chose the title "Security Princess" due to her experience in hacking and internet security and a desire for a less staid, more whimsical title on her business card.[1][2][3] In 2012, Forbes magazine included her in their "Top 30 People Under 30 To Watch in the Technology Industry" list.[1][4] Tabriz appears as a protagonist, the Intrepid Innovator, in the book Ara the Star Engineer by Komal Singh.[5]

Early life[edit]

Parisa Tabriz was born to an Iranian father, a doctor, and an American mother, a nurse, of Polish-American descent.[1] She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is the older sister of two brothers.[1] Neither of her parents were computer literate and Tabriz didn't encounter the world of computing until her first year at university.[6]


Tabriz initially enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to study engineering, but soon became interested in computer science instead.[6][7] She completed Bachelor's and master's degrees at the university[6][8] and did research in wireless networking security and attacks on privacy-enhancing technologies, co-authoring papers with her advisor Nikita Borisov.[7][9][10] She was also an active member of a student club interested in website security, which she joined because her own website was being hacked, and which introduced her to the field of internet security.[6]


Tabriz was offered a summer internship with Google's security team while at college,[11] and joined the company a few months after her graduation in 2007.[1][12] While preparing to attend a conference in Tokyo with Google, she decided to use the job title "Security Princess" rather than the conventional "Information Security Engineer" as it seemed more interesting. This title is now on her business cards.[1][2] As of 2016, she heads a team of 30 experts responsible for the security of Google Chrome.[13][3] She is also responsible for training Google staff interested in moving into the internet security field.[1] Seeing the gender imbalance in Silicon valley, Tabriz works on hiring more female workers in her department.[14] In order to inspire younger people to enter her field, Tabriz mentors young teens at an annual science convention in Las Vegas.[1]

In 2018, in response to the RSA Conference having only one non-male keynote speaker in a line-up of 20, Tabriz co-founded the Our Security Advocates conference, OURSA, which in only five days pulled together 14 speakers who are women. [15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Josie Ensor (October 4, 2014). "Google's top secret weapon – a hacker they call their Security Princess". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 4, 2014. I knew I'd have to hand out my card and I thought Information Security Engineer sounded so boring. Guys in the industry all take it so seriously, so security princess felt suitably whimsical.
  2. ^ a b "Moon Walking". Click. September 1, 2018. BBC. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jillian d'Onfro (July 12, 2014). "Google's 'Security Princess' Leads A Team Of Hackers Paid To Think Like Criminals". Business Insider. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Victoria Barret; Connie Guglielmo (July 30, 2014). "30 Under 30 — Tech". Forbes. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ara The Star Engineer". Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ a b c d Clare Malone (July 8, 2014). "Meet Google's Security Princess". Elle. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Parisa Tabriz". Google AI. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "CS @ Illinois Alumna, and Google's Security Princess". Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Jason Franklin; Damon McCoy; Parisa Tabriz (2006). "Passive Data Link Layer 802.11 Wireless Device Driver Fingerprinting". USENIX-SS'06. Berkeley, California: USENIX: 167–178. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Parisa Tabriz; Nikita Borisov (2006). George Danezis; Philippe Golle, eds. Breaking the Collusion Detection Mechanism of MorphMix. Privacy Enhancing Technologies. PET 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 4258. Cambridge. pp. 368–383. doi:10.1007/11957454_21. Archived from the original on October 4, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Cade Metz (August 26, 2014). "With Any Luck, This Googler Will Turn More Girls Into Hackers". Wired. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Peter Osterlund (October 10, 2013). "Parisa Tabriz, Google security, talks about college". 60second Recap. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Chromium Security Team". Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  14. ^ Sheena McKenzie (March 17, 2015). "The cyber warrior 'princess' who guards Google". CNN. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Iain Thomson (March 7, 2008). "Women of Infosec call bullsh*t on RSA's claim it could only find one female speaker". The Register. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

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