Muhammad Naveed, PhD

Dr. Naveed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He works on cryptography, systems security, and data breaches. His work has had a significant impact on Android security and has helped Google, Samsung, Facebook, and Amazon secure their products. Media outlets such as Forbes, Ars Technica, The Register, Golem, Inside Microsoft Research, and ComputerWorld have covered his work.


Summary of Qualifications

  • Internationally known in the areas of computer security and cryptography
  • Program Committee Member for top-tier computer security conferences
  • Google Ph.D. Fellowship in Security, 2015 (only one fellowship in security was awarded in US and Canada)
  • Holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Expert in computer security and cryptography
  • Published numerous research papers in top-tier computer security venues
  • Research covered by global media outlets, such as, Forbes, Ars Technica, The Register, Golem, Inside Microsoft Research, and ComputerWorld
  • Helped companies, such as Google, Samsung, Facebook, and Amazon, secure their applications and services and improved security for millions of Android users
  • Delivered more than 35 invited talks at institutions, such as MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, University of Washington, University of Chicago, New York University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and SRI International
  • Served as a program committee member for top-tier computer security conferences and peer-reviewer for top-tier journals including Nature Biotechnology

Areas of Expertise

  • Security in mobile devices and applications

    Android, iOS, IoT

  • Security in operating systems

    UNIX, Linux, Windows, Mac OS

  • Network security

    TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP/POP/SMTP, DNS, GSM/CDMA/LTE, Wifi/802.11, Bluetooth, VPNs

  • Cloud security

    Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Salesforce

  • Reverse engineering

    Data breaches, cloud security

  • Cryptography

    Cryptanalysis, protocol analysis

  • Due Diligence

    Security, privacy, compliance, and disaster recovery due diligence


Litigation Experience

  • Cybersecurity and encoding patent portfolio analysis
  • Wiretapping class action lawsuit