Parisa Tabriz

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Parisa Tabriz
Parisa Tabriz Blackhat'17 profile.jpg
Born1983 (age 37–38)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationComputer security engineer
Known for
  • Google's "Security Princess"
  • Co-founder, Our Security Advocates

Parisa Tabriz is a computer security expert who works for Google as a Director of Engineering. As a software engineer focused on security of Google products, she chose the title "Security Princess" to add a less staid and more whimsical title on her business card.[1][2][3]

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] Tabriz was not exposed to coding and computer science until her first year at university.[4]

Education[edit]

Tabriz initially enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to study computer engineering, but soon became interested in computer science instead.[4][5] She completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree at the university[4][6] and did research in wireless security and attacks on privacy-enhancing technologies, co-authoring papers with her advisor Nikita Borisov.[5][7][8] She was an active member of a student club interested in computer security, which she joined because her own website was hacked.[4]

Career[edit]

Tabriz was offered a summer internship with Google's security team while at college,[9] and joined the company a few months after her graduation in 2007.[1][10] While preparing to attend a conference in Tokyo with Google, she decided to use the job title "Security Princess" on her business card rather than the conventional "Information Security Engineer" since it sounded less boring and considered it ironic.[1][2] Over her career, Tabriz has trained Google staff interested in learning more about security and worked with youth at DEFCON and girl scouts to expose a more diverse set of people to the field of computer security.[11][1][12]

In 2013, Tabriz took over responsibility for the security of Google Chrome.

In 2014, Tabriz started an effort to drive adoption of HTTPS on the web.[13][14] In 2015, less than 50% of traffic seen by Chrome was over HTTPS, and by 2019, the percentage of HTTPS traffic had increased to 73-95% across all platforms.[15] Tabriz has spoken out against government interception of HTTPS connections on the public Internet.[16]

In 2016, Tabriz took over responsibility for Project Zero, an offensive security research group.[3][17]

In 2018, in response to the RSA Conference having only one non-male keynote speaker in a line-up of 20 keynotes, Tabriz co-founded the Our Security Advocates conference, OURSA. In only five days, Tabriz and organizers pulled together a speaker line-up consisting of expert speakers from under-represented backgrounds, 14 speakers of which were women.[18]

Recognition[edit]

In 2012, Forbes included her in their "Top 30 People Under 30 To Watch in the Technology Industry" list.[1][19]

In 2017, Wired included her in their list of 20 Tech Visionaries.[20]

In 2018, Fortune included her in their annual "40 under 40" most influence young people in business list.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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. ^ a b c d Clare Malone (July 8, 2014). "Meet Google's Security Princess". Elle. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Parisa Tabriz". Google AI. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "CS @ Illinois Alumna, and Google's Security Princess". Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Parisa Tabriz; Nikita Borisov (2006). "Breaking the Collusion Detection Mechanism of MorphMix". In George Danezis; Philippe Golle (eds.). Privacy Enhancing Technologies. Privacy Enhancing Technologies. PET 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 4258. Cambridge. pp. 368–383. doi:10.1007/11957454_21. ISBN 978-3-540-68790-0. Archived from the original on October 4, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Cade Metz (August 26, 2014). "With Any Luck, This Googler Will Turn More Girls Into Hackers". Wired. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  10. ^ Peter Osterlund (October 10, 2013). "Parisa Tabriz, Google security, talks about college". 60second Recap. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Sheena McKenzie (March 17, 2015). "The cyber warrior 'princess' who guards Google". CNN. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Metz, Cade (August 26, 2014). "With Any Luck, This Googler Will Turn More Girls Into Hackers". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  13. ^ Greenberg, Andy (November 4, 2016). "Google's Chrome Hackers Are About to Upend Your Idea of Web Security". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Schechter, Emily (2017). "Inside "MOAR TLS:" How We Think about Encouraging External HTTPS Adoption on the Web". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. ^ "Google Transparency Report". transparencyreport.google.com. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan 'snooping'". August 21, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  17. ^ Tabriz, Parisa (September 11, 2018). "Optimistic dissatisfaction with the status quo of security".
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Victoria Barret; Connie Guglielmo (July 30, 2014). "30 Under 30 — Tech". Forbes. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  20. ^ Staff, Wired (April 25, 2017). "Next List 2017: 20 Tech Visionaries You Should Have Heard of by Now". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  21. ^ "Fortune 40 under 40: Parisa Tabriz". Fortune. Retrieved December 7, 2019.

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