I am a computer security researcher working on big data and cloud computing security. Currently, I am working in a research company Data Security Technologies as Principal Investigator of NSF SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants [SBIR 1647681] and [SBIR 1647681]. The core mission of our company is to build secure BigData infrastructures where businesses and individuals can utilize the power of big data without worrying about the security and privacy of their data. In addition, we also provide a 360-degree view of data and provide real-time threat detection using cutting-edge machine learning techniques.

I have completed Ph.D. in Computer Science from UT Dallas. I worked at UTD Data Security and Privacy Lab with Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu. My Ph.D. research objective was to build a reliable, accountable, and efficient cloud computing environment where users don't need to worry about their privacy. We focused on using existing, proven cryptographic methods and techniques to build privacy-preserving systems that leverage cloud computing. We utilized hardware-based trusted execution environments (TEE), such as Intel SGX, to build practical secure systems.

Experiences

Principal Software Developer

Data Security Technologies LLC , Richardson, Texas-75083
Date: January 2017 - Present
  • Co-founded the company to transition NoSQL database security research into practice
  • Design and implement a fine-grained attribute-based access control policy enforcement system for big data frameworks (e.g. Spark and Hive)
  • Build cluster deployment system to seamlessly orchestrate multi-node custom spark or hadoop cluster with SecureDL policy enforcement.
  • Raised $1M in research grant from NSF as Principal Investigator [SBIR 1647681, 1647681]
  • Train and lead software developers to achieve improved delivery quality and productivity
  • Define best practices and quality requirements through hands-on development
  • Interview potential customers to find product market fit and pitch DataSecTech to VCs

Research Assistant

The University of Texas at Dallas, Computer Science Department , Richardson, Texas-75080
Date: June 2013 - December 2016
  • Research focus: improve privacy in cloud computing environment leveraging encryption technologies
  • Administrate DSPL Lab clusters for privacy preserving big data mining experiments with Apache Spark and Hadoop

Software Development Engineer Intern

Kumo Knowledge, AWS, Amazon Corporate LLC, Seattle, WA
Date: June 2016 - August 2016
  • Built effective and quantifiable mechanism to score search engine performance on large dataset.
  • Evaluated and implemented search result improvements to increase efficiency of search engine.

Software Engineer

Therap BD Ltd, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Date: September 2011 - July 2012
Design and develop Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant documentation software solution for developmental disabilities support providers.

Teaching Assistant

The University of Texas at Dallas, Computer Science Department , Richardson, Texas-75080
Date: September 2012 - May 2013
Courses: OOAD, ARE, SE, ST

Research

  • Fahad Shaon, Sazzadur Rahaman, and Murat Kantarcioglu, SecureDL: Securing Code Execution and Access Control for Distributed Data Analytics Platforms, [Paper]
  • Fahad Shaon and Murat Kantarcioglu, SGX-IR: Secure Information Retrieval with Trusted Processors, DBSec 2020 [Paper] [Presentation]
  • Sazzadur Rahaman, Ya Xiao, Sharmin Afrose, Fahad Shaon, Ke Tian, Miles Frantz, Murat Kantarcioglu, Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, CryptoGuard: High Precision Detection of Cryptographic Vulnerabilities in Massive-sized Java Projects, CCS 2019 [Paper]
  • Fahad Shaon, Murat Kantarcioglu, Zhiqiang Lin, and Latifur Khan, SGX-BigMatrix: A Practical Encrypted Data Analytic Framework With Trusted Processors, CCS 2017 [Paper] [Presentation]
  • Fahad Shaon and Murat Kantarcioglu, A Practical Framework for Executing Complex Queries over Encrypted Multimedia Data, DBSec 2016 [Paper]

Education

PhD in Computer Science

The University of Texas at Dallas CGPA: 3.9/4.00
Graduation: December, 2019
Adviser: Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu

B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Graduation: February, 2011
Thesis adviser: Dr. Muhammad Masroor Ali

Projects

Secure Sync

A file synchronizing system, which enables user to upload files in encrypted form to online file storage system, such as Dropbox, and gives user the option to search and share the encrypted files.

Secure Mapper

A secure map-reduce job execution system on top of hadoop, which can execute range queries securely in a network topology where map jobs run in untrusted nodes forcing data encryption in datanodes.

RtI Progress Monitoring System

A web application for monitoring student progress utilizing RtI method, which is an academic intervention method designed to provide early, effective assistance to children having difficulty learning.

Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Website

The Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a not-for-profit and charitable organisation that aims to advance and empower local Asian businesses in Sydney. I designed the official website of this organization, featuring advanced admin panel, news, events, photos, newsletter section and a member registration module.

News Search Engine

A search engine for recent news from top news providers consisting modules for page storage, crawling, indexing, page rank analysis, and responsive user interface of easy search result retrieval.

Billiard

A 3D modeling of a billiard game environment that features collision detection, interactive lighting and camera movement.

Technical Skills

Languages Java (10 years of experience), Python, C++, JavaScript, R, PHP, C#, Shell Scripting
Frameworks Spring Framework, Android, Hibernate, D3.js, ReactJS, Flask, Laravel, Zend, Unity
Distributed Frameworks Apache Spark, Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Apache Pig, HBase
Cloud Platforms Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, Lambda, Elasticsearch, EMR, Kinesis, ML), Google Cloud Platform (Storage, BigQuery, AppEngine, Compute Engine), Heroku
Database Systems MongoDB, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
Analytical Tools Weka, scikit-learn, matplotlib, MLlib, Pandas, GNU Plot, Matlab
Development Tools Git, Docker, Gradle, Maven, Ant, IntelliJ IDEA
Operating Systems Ubuntu, CentOS, Mac OS X, Windows

Awards and Honours

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