About Me

Disclaimer: This is my personal blog. Any views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer(s).

 I am a Manager in the Threat and Vulnerability Management Team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I focus on advance penetration testing, cyber breach response and emerging technologies including mobile and cloud security.

Before joining PwC, I was a  Software Engineer in the eXtreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research, working on High Assurance Trusted Computing, Virtualization Security and Cloud Computing Futures.

Before joining Microsoft, I was a security researcher in the Information Security Group at the Royal Holloway University of London where I did my Masters in Mathematics (Cryptography). My adviser was Professor Chris J. Mitchell.

During my time in the UK I worked at Sun Microsystems as a Technical Consultant working on SunSPOTs, JavaCards and their applications.

Even before, I was working with NCR Corporation as a Software Design Engineer and ebanking Technical Consultant in the Financial Solutions Division working on PCI, ATMs, POS Terminals, Electronic Cheque processing systems.

I did my Bachelors in Computer Science from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) Pakistan.

My interests include:

  • Reverse Engineering, malware, Exploit Development and Honeynets.
  • Operating Systems, Virtualization and Trusted Platforms.
  • Smartcards, financial security and EMV.
  • Mobile Security, NFC and RFID.
  • Privacy, anonymity and traffic analysis.

In my free time I am either practicing Jiu-Jitsu or doing some photography.

Selected Publications and patents:

US Patent: Key Management using Trusted Platform Modules

· Towards a Programmable TPM; Talha Tariq & Paul England, in Trust 2009 Second International Conference on Trusted Computing, Oxford, UK.

· Extending Secure Execution Environments; Talha Tariq, [RHUL-MA-2009-9] Technical Report, Department of Mathematics, University of London.

33 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Wes Miller says:

    Talha – I work for a security software company in Austin, Texas, and I ran across your site earlier today (FWIW, I used to work with Mark Russinovich at Winternals).

    My current company is looking at providing some psexec style techniques in a commercial product that we are building, and since Microsoft no longer licenses the Sysinternals tools for redistribution (let alone providing source code access), RemCom would seem a good substitute for us – the current version provides the functionality that we need.

    That said – what license are you providing the source under, and do you have any redistribution requirements for the binary if we wished to just utilize that as-is?

    Wes Miller (wm@getwired.com)

  2. Paul says:


    Could you please tell me how to capture a screenshot of the login screen. It seems that Windows needs to be launched before I can use either printscreen or the snipping tool. Would appreciate knowing how you captured yours. tn3-2.deviantart.com/fs11/300W/i/2006/206/6/f…
    300 x 225 – 9k.
    thanks, Paul

  3. Ananthakrishnan says:

    Hi Talho tariq,

    I chatted with U via Gtalk. I did not know more about u while chatting. Now only i can understand. Really i am so happy about chatting with U. i take u as my role model in my life. i thing that it is not a easy one. i have to work hard to become like u. I send some mails U. i donot expect u that reply mail because u r so busy in your life. Keep in touch me when u find a time.

  4. Markus says:

    i used your JCDE tool and it was quite handy :-).
    But now the JCDK3.0.1 is out it has even a debugger.
    Is there any chance that you adopt this new technology and create an Plugin for eciplse, which includes the debugger??

  5. Barij Ahmed says:

    Salam Walimum Bhaijaan. Thanks for the support , from your help now I can use the Vmware to make portable appz

    allah hafiz

  6. Kemal says:

    Selam Talha,
    I’m working on smard cards and i would like to benefit by your experiences about smart cards.If you contact with me,i would be so pleased.

  7. Muhammad Adnan Khan says:

    Current I am working as Sys.Eng in Citi Barcelona Spain.

    Happy and proud to see your profile.

    I am from Rawalpindi , Pakistan.

    Keep it up

  8. Edward Pawley says:

    Hi Talha, i was looking at your profile and you seem to be a very talented guy. I would like to ask you if you can help me, or guide me to troubleshoot NCR XFS problems? I can’t seem to find much help on the net and i am stuck. Would really appreciate if you can contact me. Thanks

  9. Randy says:

    Hi Talha, when i read ur profile….i was impressed…how i wish i could have one of those..unfortunately i havent given a chance to work like that….lack of training and opportunity…..anyways, keep it up man…more success!

  10. Roman says:

    Здраствуйте Талха. Мне очень понравилась ваша фотография ночного ванкувера. Я хотел бы сделать фотообои с этой фотографией, не могли бы вы отправить на e-mail в очень большом разрешении, megaone@list.ru. За ранее спасибо.

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