Neil Daswani

Co-Director; President
Stanford Advanced Security Certification Program; Daswani Enterprises

Dr. Neil Daswani is Co-Director of the Stanford Advanced Security Certification program and is President of Daswani Enterprises, his security consulting and training firm. He has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and executive management roles at Symantec, LifeLock, Twitter, Dasient, Google, Stanford University, NTT DoCoMo USA Labs, Yodlee, and Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore). At Symantec, he was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Consumer Business Unit, and at LifeLock he was the company-wide CISO. Neil has served as an Executive-In-Residence at Trinity Ventures (funders of Auth0, New Relic, Aruba, Starbucks, and Bulletproof). He is an investor in and advisor to several cybersecurity startup companies and venture capital funds, including Benhamou Global Ventures, Firebolt, Gravity Ranch Ventures, Security Leadership Capital, and Swift VC. Neil is also a co-author of two books Foundations of Security: What Every Programmer Needs to Know (Apress ISBN 978-1590597842) and Big Breaches: Cybersecurity Lessons for Everyone (Apress ISBN 978-1484266540).

Neil’s DNA is deeply rooted in security research and development, he has dozens of technical articles published in top academic and industry conferences (ACM, IEEE, USENIX, RSA, BlackHat, and OWASP), and he has been granted over a dozen US patents. He frequently gives talks at industry and academic conferences and has been quoted by publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, and CSO Magazine. He earned PhD and MS degrees in computer science at Stanford University, and he holds a BS in computer science with honors with distinction from Columbia University.