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Taha Zar

469-215-4115  tahakhanzar@gmail.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tahazar  Dallas, Texas

EDUCATION
The University of Texas at Dallas December 2018
B.S. Information Technology Systems Major GPA: 3.34

CERTIFICATIONS & TECHNICAL SKILLS


Certifications: Splunk Certified User, Google Analytics Individual Qualification, Google AdWords Certified
Analysis Tools: Splunk, Proofpoint Protection Server, Proofpoint TAP, Cisco AMP, BlueCat Proteus IPAM
Open Source Tools: Shodan, VirusTotal, Zenmap, MxToolbox
Service Management: ServiceNow, Cherwell Service Management, HEAT
Programming/DB: C++, Java, Python, HTML, CSS, MySQL
Operating Systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux (Ubuntu, Kali)
Software: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, VMware, VirtualBox, Malwarebytes, Tableau
Standards/Compliance: NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), ISO 27002, HIPAA, FERPA

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
Baylor Scott & White Health September 2017 – Present
Information Security Associate
 Collaborated on and documented a process that reduced unaddressed flagged malicious emails by 90%
 Designed and presented an Open Source Intelligence Framework used to identify and remediate vulnerabilities
on company’s network
 Developed employee education on security best practices and specific threats communicated to 40,000+
employees
 Delivered incident response, analysis, and reporting according to SOC policies that align with compliance
objectives

University of Texas at Dallas August 2015 – September 2017


Help Desk Technical Specialist
 Diagnosed, troubleshot and resolved a range of account, hardware and software issues for university population
of 27,000+ students and faculty
 Identified and escalated user’s issues over different medium and quickly came up with solutions while
maintaining composure and patience when dealing with frustrated users
 Explained the cause of issues and clearly communicated steps to solve them to both technical and nontechnical
users in a manner that puts the customer’s satisfaction first

ACADEMIC PROJECT
Network and Information Security September 2017 – December 2017
 Performed a security assessment for a local franchise with a team
 Reported vulnerabilities and made recommendations to implement more layers of defensive depth

COMPETITIONS, LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE & ORGANIZATIONS


CoMIS Case Competition, University of Minnesota April 2018
India Business Case Competition, UT Dallas April 2017
Association for Information Systems, UT Dallas August 2017 – Present

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi
Eligibility: (USPR) Eligible to work in the U.S. with no restrictions