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I am a computer security researcher working on big data and cloud computing security. Currently, I am leading the software development and research at Data Security Technologies. 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.


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 $1.25M in research grant from NSF and NIH as Principal Investigator [ SBIR 1647681, SBIR 1758628, and 1R43LM013960-01]
  • 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


  • 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]


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

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