Geek Of The Week: Parisa Tabriz

Geek Of The Week: Parisa Tabriz

Parisa Tabriz manages one of Google’s Information Security Teams. Her official title is Security Princess, and that’s not a joke… Google it. icon wink Geek Of The Week: Parisa Tabriz Her job is to improve the security of Google products like the Chrome browser. She heads a team of over 30 hired hackers who think like criminals and try to find ways to exploit Google’s applications. She also conducts training inside of Google to teach developers how to write secure code. She has gained a following throughout the IT Security industry for being one of the best and brightest in the business.

securityprincessatwork Geek Of The Week: Parisa Tabriz

As a child growing up in Chicago, Tabriz says she was never exposed to computers. She didn’t realize she had a knack for IT until college. It all started when she had her website hacked. She attended some focus group meetings that were run by computer science students with an interest in website security. Needless to say, she took it quickly and the rest is (more or less) history. After attending the University of Illinois, Tabriz got her first security-related job in 2005 before taking an internship at Google in 2006. Then in 2007, she went to work for Google full-time and hasn’t looked back. Forbes Magazine featured her in their 30 Under 30 list of brilliant people to watch. Now she can add our prestigious GOTW nomination to her list of achievements.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.