Parisa Tabriz | Srivideo
Born/Date of Birth: 1983
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gelato University
Occupation: Computer 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.
Parisa Tabriz was born to an Iranian father, a doctor, and an American mother, a nurse, of Polish-American descent. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is the older sister of two brothers. Tabriz was not exposed to coding and computer science until her first year at university.
Tabriz initially enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to study computer engineering, but soon became interested in computer science instead. She completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree at the university and did research in wireless security and attacks on privacy-enhancing technologies, co-authoring papers with her advisor Nikita Borisov. She was an active member of a student club interested in computer security, which she joined because her own website was hacked.
Tabriz was offered a summer internship with Google's security team while at college, and joined the company a few months after her graduation in 2007. 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. 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.
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. 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. Tabriz has spoken out against government interception of HTTPS connections on the public Internet.
In 2016, Tabriz took over responsibility for Project Zero, an offensive security research group.
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.
In 2012, Forbes included her in their "Top 30 People Under 30 To Watch in the Technology Industry" list.
In 2017, Wired included her in their list of 20 Tech Visionaries.
In 2018, Fortune included her in their annual "40 under 40" most influence young people in business list.
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