to Microsoft Technical Communities as Security Visionaries
WILMINGTON, Mass.âJuly 27, 2005âSecurity Innovation, the independent industry leader in application security testing, research and training, today announced that Dr. Herbert (Hugh) Thompson, chief security strategist, and Dr. James Whittaker, chief scientist and founder, were recognized as MicrosoftÂ® "Most Valuable Professionals" (MVPs) in the category of Developer Security. Two of only 18 individuals worldwide to hold this prestigious honor, Drs. Thompson and Whittaker are among a select group of active and credible experts in the online and offline technical communities that demonstrate a passion to share their expertise. They have inspired excellence while helping people through their practical expertise and willingness to share with peers in Microsoft technical communities.
"On behalf of Microsoft, I am pleased to recognize Dr.s. Thompson and Whittaker as Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals," said Sean OâDriscoll, global director of MVP and technical communities at Microsoft Corp. "MVPs represent the voice, strength and value of the Microsoft customer â the true spirit of technical communities. They possess an infectious enthusiasm that inspires others."
About Dr. Herbert Thompson
Chief Security Strategist at Security Innovation, Dr. Thompson is a world-renown expert in application security. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology and is co-author or editor of 12 books, including The Software Vulnerability Guide (Programming Series) and How to Break Software Security: Effective Techniques for Security Testing (with James Whittaker of Security Innovation). Dr. Thompson has over 50 academic and industrial publications on software security and frequently writes for industry magazines including: Dr. Dobbs Journal, IEEE Security & Privacy, Journal of Information and Software Technology, ACM Queue, and Better Software Magazine. At Security Innovation, he leads research efforts on software security and trains security testers at some of the world's largest software companies including Microsoft, HP, IBM, Symantec and SAIC.
"Both Hugh and Jim inspire others to learn and grow through active technical community participation. Through their teachings and writing, they share a true passion for technology and a willingness to help others," said Ed Adams, CEO of Security Innovation. "Their ground-breaking research and technical vision have played a vital role in how Microsoft, and other companies, have evolved software security to meet customersâ needs and expectations."
In its 11th year, the Microsoft MVP program has recognized more than 2,600 Microsoft experts in the technical community across 81 countries, 32 languages and 75 Microsoft products and technologies.
The MVP Award is a way to recognize amazing individuals for their outstanding contributions in a wide range of community activities. MVPs actively participate in a variety of Microsoft online and offline technical communities in which a worldwide network of people communicate, support and provide feedback about Microsoft products, technologies and services with each other as well as Microsoft.
These men and women span from 18 to 80 years old and include a diverse group of backgrounds and professions ranging from authors, artists and technology enthusiasts to professional developers and business managers working in small, medium-sized and enterprise businesses.
About Dr. James Whittaker
Founder of Security Innovation, James Whittaker, Ph.D., is a professor of computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology and is recognized in business, government and academic circles around the world as a leading authority on software testing and security. He has written more than one hundred papers and articles on software development and computer security, and is a frequent keynote speaker for industry and corporate conferences. His six pioneering books on various aspects of software engineering and security, including How to Break Software Security (with Dr. Herbert Thompson of Security Innovation), regarded as the definitive text on application security testing techniques.
Dr. Whittaker holds patents on various inventions in software testing and defensive security applications and has attracted tens of millions of dollars in funding, sponsorship and license agreements while a professor at Florida Tech. In 2001 he was appointed to Microsoftâs Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board and was named a "Top Scholar" by the editors of the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research publications in software engineering.
His research team at Florida Tech is well known for its development of exploits against software security, including cracking encryption, passwords and infiltrating protected networks via novel attacks against software defense. Dr. Whittaker also serves as a software testing and security consultant to various U.S. government agencies, as well as to some of the world's largest software companies including SAP, IBM and Symantec.