Board of Directors

Steven B. Lipner – Executive Director, SAFECode

Steven B. Lipner is a pioneer in cybersecurity with over 40 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. He currently serves as the chair of the U.S. Government’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB). Lipner was one of the founding members of the board’s predecessor and is now serving his third term as a board member. He was elected in 2010 to the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame, in 2015 to the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and in 2017 as a Fellow of (ISC)2 and to the National Academy of Engineering. He holds an appointment as adjunct professor of computer science at the Institute for Software Research, School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University and is named as coinventor on twelve U.S. patents.

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

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.

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Dr. Holger Dreger  –  Siemens

Dr. Holger Dreger studied computer science at the Universität des Saarlandes, with focus on computer networks and cryptography. In 2007, he received his Ph.D from the Technische Universität München for his work on network intrusion detection and network traffic analysis. He joined Siemens Corporate Technology in 2006 as Security Consultant. In his customer projects he specializes in system security analyses and did security assessments of numerous critical services.

Cory L Ocker - Associate Director, Product Security Architecture and Risk Evaluation

Cory is the Associate Director of Security Architecture and Risk Evaluation at RTX Corporation specializing in product cybersecurity, software assurance, and cyber supply chain risk management. He teaches multiple product security courses both internally to the company and externally as a guest lecturer and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.. He previously served as a government civilian securing multiple embedded systems including the F-15, AIM-260, and various other weapon programs.

He chairs the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) System Security Engineering (SSE) Committee where he works with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other services on establishing policy, practices, and guidance for the SSE community. Cory resides in Saint Petersburg, FL and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also completed the Defense Civilian Emerging Leadership Program and Air Command and Staff College while working for the Air Force.

Tony Rice – Principal Security PM Manager at Microsoft

Tony leads the assurance organization responsible for Microsoft security engineering policy and standards used in the development and operations of Microsoft products and cloud services. His responsibilities include managing Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and the Government Security Program; an assurance program designed to help national governments build Trust in Microsoft’s products and services.
Tony is passionate about security and throughout his career he has been responsible for building security into technology. Since joining Microsoft, he has held multiple security focused positions including managing a consultancy practice in the UK and product security assurance in USA. Prior to joining Microsoft, Tony worked as an engineering leader for a UK Government department.


Megan Cannon - Senior Program Manager, SAFECode

Megan Cannon, Senior Program Manager, Virtual, inc., has worked with SAFECode since 2016, helping SAFECode achieve its mission by providing strategic guidance and operational support to the board of directors and technical leadership council. Before Virtual, Megan worked in higher education and theatre, where she helped children make healthy choices and see through media messages, assisted Batman with crime-fighting, and wrangled elves for Santa at Macy's in NYC. Fun Fact about Megan, she can teach anyone to juggle!