Work Experience

Staff Information Security Engineer

Illumina, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Apr 2016 - Present

I currently lead Illumina's application security efforts as a part of the Cyber Security team. Some of my major responsibilities include:

  • Performing web application penetration tests against Illumina's cloud service offerings.
  • Determining methods and promoting policies and processes around static source code analysis.
  • Designing, developing and setting up infrastructure for code signing.

Senior Product Security Engineer

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Feb 2011 - Mar 2016

At Qualcomm, I performed risk and threat analysis and provided recommendations for mitigation of security threats across a variety of products. I also helped internal divisions and teams establish processes to embed security at various stages in their software development cycle. I developed skills in application security, web security, source code reviews, Android security and PKI management. Some of my sample projects include:

  • End-to-end secure design and risk analysis of the 2Net wireless health platform and 2Net Mobile.
  • Manual security code review of multiple QSEE (Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment, Qualcomm’s TrustZone solution) applications.
  • Secure protocol design and manual security code review for an over-the-air licensing and activation service that allows OEMs to license and activate Qualcomm software components on after-market devices.
  • Secure default configuration for Qualcomm Atheros router firmware builds (based on OpenWRT) which ship with proprietary and open source software.
  • Incident response for Snapdragon Web Engine (an optimized web engine based on Chromium for Snapdragon processors, which is used by a modified version of the AOSP browser).
  • Porting and testing an IDS/IPS for Qualcomm Atheros router/IoT chip builds, which is aimed at detecting and preventing exploitation of security bugs before a patch can be provided by the OEMs.

Associate Consultant Intern

Cigital, Inc.
Sterling, VA
May 2010 - Jul 2010

As an intern at Cigital, I performed automated (using IBM Rational AppScan) and manual web penetration testing for a large client in the banking sector and participated in calls explaining findings to client stakeholders.

Software Engineer

Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nov 2007 - May 2009

At Infosys, I gained experience in web development and manual/automated software testing. Some of my responsibilities included:

  • Performing manual/automated software testing for Framework Manager and Report Studio (products in the IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence suite) and managing defect reports and bug verification for these products.
  • Developing features for workorders and bug fixes for products such as Upfront, Cognos Open Source (COS), Cognos Script Editor (CSE) and Cognos Server Administration (CSA) in the IBM Cognos Series 7 suite.
  • Designing and developing an XML parser for COS to parse excessively large XML files.
  • Setup and administration of the portal for Cognos Tools Development Group using Joomla. Additionally, I developed custom Joomla plugins for adding functionality to the portal.


  • Awarded "Qualstars" for two projects in recognition of exceptional contributions to those projects at Qualcomm.
  • Awarded two "Certificates of Excellence" at Infosys and was chosen as the "Rookie of the Year" at unit level in September 2008 for the excellent work done and for involvement in various account level activities.
  • Awarded a "Tools Group Award" for contributions to tools development activities and for increasing productivity of the project at Infosys.
  • Awarded a "Spot Award" in recognition of valuable contribution towards the quick ramp up of Cognos 8 products at Infosys.


MS Information Security

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

GPA - 3.77

BE Computer Engineering

Dharmsinh Desai University
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Oct 2003 - May 2007

First Class with Distinction