Neil Daswani

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Neil Daswani

Neil Daswani is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Dasient. He is a highly regarded Internet technology expert, and has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and managerial roles at Google, Stanford University, DoCoMo USA Labs, Yodlee, and Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). While at Stanford, he co-founded the Stanford Center for Professional Development’s Software Security Certification Program, which has become an important tool for educating software programmers, architects, developers, engineers, IT managers, chief information officers (CIOs), and chief security officers (CSOs) about security issues and designing secure programs. His areas of expertise include security, wireless data technology, and peer-to-peer systems. He has published extensively in these areas, frequently gives talks at industry and academic conferences, and has been granted several U.S. patents.


In his free time Neil enjoys trying new sushi restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys running/jogging whenever he gets the chance.

He received a Ph.D. and a master’s in computer science from Stanford University, and earned a bachelor’s in computer science with honors with distinction from Columbia University.

The author of Foundations of Security: What Every Programmer Needs to Know, which teaches new and current software professionals state-of-the-art software security design principles, methodology, and concrete programming techniques they need to build secure software systems.