About SAFECode

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) is a non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to increasing trust in information and communications technology products and services through the advancement of effective software assurance methods. SAFECode is a global, industry-led effort to identify and promote best practices for developing and delivering more secure and reliable software, hardware and services.

Howard A. Schmidt – Executive Director, SAFECode


Howard A. Schmidt brings to SAFECode talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years. In addition to his role as Executive Director of SAFECode, Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the U.S. federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency
cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.

Previously, Howard was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Howard also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute. Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider.

Steven B. Lipner – Chairman of SAFECode


Partner Director of Program Management, Trustworthy Computing Security Microsoft Corporation
Steven B. Lipner is Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft Corp where he is responsible for programs that provide improved product security for Microsoft customers. Lipner leads Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team and is responsible for the definition of Microsoft’s SDL and for programs to make the SDL available to organizations beyond Microsoft.

Lipner joined Microsoft in 1999. In late 2001, Lipner and his team devised the strategy of “security pushes” that, as
part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative, enabled Microsoft to make rapid improvements in the security of its software and to change the corporate development culture to emphasize
product security. The SDL is the product of these improvements, and is widely viewed as the industry’s leading secure software development process.

Before joining Microsoft, Lipner worked for a variety of software vendors and government contractors as a researcher, consultant, development manager and general manager in IT security. Many of the concepts whose development he led form the basis for today’s approaches to building secure systems.

Lipner is coauthor with Michael Howard of The Security Development Lifecycle (Microsoft Press, 2006) and is named as inventor on twelve U.S. patents and two pending applications in the field of computer and network security. He served two terms on the United States Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board and its predecessor. Lipner holds S.B. and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

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