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.

Steven B. Lipner – Executive Director, SAFECode

Steven B. Lipner is a pioneer in cybersecurity with over forty years’ experience as a general manager, engineering manager, and researcher. He retired in 2015 from Microsoft where he was the creator and long-time leader of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team. While at Microsoft, Lipner also created initiatives to encourage industry adoption of secure development practices and the SDL, and served as a member and chair of the SAFECode board.

Lipner joined Microsoft in 1999 and was initially responsible for the Microsoft Security Response Center. In the aftermath of the major computer “worm” incidents of 2001, Lipner and his team formulated the strategy of “security pushes” that enabled Microsoft to make rapid improvements in the security of its software and to change the corporate culture to emphasize product security. The SDL is the product of these improvements.

At Mitretek Systems, Lipner served as the executive agent for the U.S. Government’s Infosec Research Council (IRC). At Trusted Information Systems (TIS), he led the Gauntlet Firewall business unit whose success was the basis for TIS’ 1996 Initial Public Offering. During his eleven years at Digital Equipment Corporation, Lipner led and made technical contributions to the development of numerous security products and to the operational security of Digital’s networks.

Throughout his career, Lipner has been a contributor to government and industry efforts to improve cybersecurity. Lipner was one of the founding members of the U.S. Government Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board and served a total of over ten years in two terms on the board. He has been a member of nine National Research Council committees and is named as coinventor on twelve U.S. patents. He was elected in 2015 to the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and holds an appointment as adjunct professor of computer science at the Institute for Software Research, School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University.

Eric Baize – Chairman, SAFECode; Vice President, Product Security, Dell

Throughout his career, Eric Baize has been passionate about building security and privacy into systems and technology from design to deployment. He currently leads Dell’s Product & Application Security organization and serves as Chairman of SAFECode.

At Dell, Eric leads the organization responsible for driving enhanced security practices into the lifecycle of all Dell products and internally developed cloud and IT applications. His responsibilities include managing the Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL) and the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) for the company.

Eric joined Dell through its merger with EMC where he built the highly successful EMC Product Security Office from the ground up. He was also a member of the leadership team that drove EMC’s acquisition of RSA Security, and he helped lead RSA’s cloud and virtualization strategy. Prior to joining EMC in 2002, Eric held various positions for Groupe Bull in Europe and in the US.

Eric has served on the SAFECode Board of Directors since the organization was founded in 2007. He holds multiple U.S. patents, has authored international security standards and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Follow Eric Baize on Twitter: @ericbaize

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