Dr. Nadhem Al-Fardan


Dr. Nadhem Al-Fardan
Security Architect at Cisco Systems

In the Design and Operation of Security Operation Centers

Dr. Nadhem Al-Fardan has 17 years experience in the area of Information security and holds PhD in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. Before joining Cisco, he worked for Schlumbeger and HSBC.

Nadhem Al-Fardan has been involved in operating information security during his years in HSBC. He has been involved in a number of incident investigation activities as part of a CSIRT team or in ad-hoc engagements. He has also been engaged in assessing, designing and building SOCs worldwide, including the design of managed SOC services for service providers.

Nadhem Al-Fardan is CISSP certified and is an ISO 27001 lead auditor. He is also CCIE Security certified.

During his PhD research, Nadhem Al-Fardan published a number of papers in prestige conferences such as IEEE S&P and USENIX Security, mainly around cryptoanalysis topics. His work involved him working with organizations like Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Mozilla, OpenSSL and many others, mainly to help then assess and fix major findings in the TLS/SSL protocol. His work is being reference in a number of IETF standards.

Nadhem is currently CISSP, CCIE Security and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certified. He is also the co-author of Cisco Press’ Security Operations Centre: Building, Operating, and Maintaining your SOC, published in November 2015.