Parisa Tabriz

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Parisa Tabriz (Persian: پریسا تبریز‎‎) (born 1983) is an Iranian-Polish-American computer security expert who works for Google as an information security manager and "Security Princess".[1] In 2012 Forbes magazine included her in their "Top 30 People Under 30 To Watch in the Technology Industry" list.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Tabriz was born to an Iranian-immigrant father, a doctor, and a Polish-American mother, a nurse.[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.[4]


Tabriz initially enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study engineering, but soon became interested in computer science instead.[4] She completed Bachelor's and master's degrees at the university[4][5] and did research in wireless networking security and attacks on privacy enhancing technologies.[6][7] 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.[4]


Tabriz was offered a summer internship with Google's security team while at college,[8] and joined the company a few months after her graduation in 2007.[3][9] As of 2016, she heads a team of 30 experts responsible for the security of Google Chrome.[10][11] She is also responsible for training Google staff interested in moving into the internet security field.[12]

While preparing to attend a conference, 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.[12]

In order to inspire younger people to enter her field, Tabriz mentors young teens at an annual science convention in Las Vegas.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Google's top secret weapon – a hacker they call their Security Princess". The Daily Telegraph. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Reported by Victoria Barret and Connie Guglielmo (30 July 2014). "30 Under 30 - Tech". Forbes. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Google's top secret weapon - a hacker they call their Security Princess". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Meet Google's Security Princess". ELLE. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  5. ^ "CS @ ILLNOIS [sic] Alumna, and Google’s Security Princess". Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Passive Data Link Layer 802.11 Wireless Device Driver Fingerprinting. Berkeley, CA. 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Breaking the Collusion Detection Mechanism of MorphMix. Cambridge, UK. 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "With Any Luck, This Googler Will Turn More Girls Into Hackers". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Parisa Tabriz, Google security, talks about college | 60second Recap®". 60second Recap. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chromium Security Team Homepage". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Google’s 'Security Princess' Leads A Team Of Hackers Paid To Think Like Criminals". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  12. ^ a b "Meet the hacker known as Google's 'Security Princess'". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 

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