|By Business Wire
|January 22, 2013 08:34 AM EST
Security Innovation, an authority in application security assessment and
training, announced today that Jason Taylor, Chief Technology Officer,
was recognized as Microsoft® Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) in the
category of Developer Security. The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual
award that recognizes active and credible experts who willingly share
their high quality, real world expertise with users and the Microsoft
Individuals are nominated for the Microsoft MVP Award by their peers or
by Microsoft employees, and each nominee's contributions are then
compared to the other candidates' contributions for the same year. MVPs
reach out and contribute to online and offline communities through a
broad range of channels: online forums, wikis, and technical guides; and
their own podcasts, Web sites and blogs. Mr. Taylor is a regular
external reviewer, contributor and primary author for the Microsoft
Patterns & Practices security guidance. He’s been a content contributor
to numerous Microsoft online properties for cloud security, software
security, and regulatory compliance in the form of articles, videos,
whitepapers, eLearning, etc. He has co-authored five Patterns &
Practices Guides, and over 100 Patterns & Practices articles.
“The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate
and honor Jason’s significant contributions and say ‘Thank you for your
technical leadership’,” said Mike Hickman, Director of Community
Engagement, Microsoft Corporation.
“Security Innovation has been conducting cutting-edge research in the
field of application security for more than ten years and is continually
developing, refining, and sharing this research with the community at
large,” said Ed Adams, CEO, Security Innovation. “Jason is at the core
of many of these initiatives; he shares a true passion for secure
software development. His willingness and desire to share his expertise
with the technical community has undoubtedly helped thousands of
individuals to understand how to reduce application security risk.”
Mr. Taylor’s accomplishments while previously serving in various
leadership roles at Microsoft are numerous. With Loren Kohnfelder, he
co-created STRIDE, an industry recognized vulnerability classification
system and DREAD, a technique to qualify risk. He grew the Internet
Explorer security test team from a solitary operation to the leading
application security test team at Microsoft. Later, he built the Test
Model Toolkit, which won a Best Practice Award and led to an in-person
briefing with Bill Gates. Jason’s long experience in application
security has been incorporated into Security Innovation’s application
assessment methodologies and eLearning training platform. Mr. Taylor was
the visionary and designer of courses
such as “Introduction to Threat Modeling” and “Creating Secure Code for
ASP.Net,” which have been taught in many of the world's largest
About Jason Taylor
Mr. Taylor leads the strategic direction for all technology initiatives
and manages world-class development teams for the company's product
lines. He has spent his career focused on application development and
testing with a primary focus on application security. His unrivaled
understanding of application behavior provided the impetus for Security
Innovation’s industry pioneering fault injection tool, Holodeck
Enterprise Edition, and critical enhancements to the company’s internal
testing and development tools.
Mr. Taylor has published and co-authored several whitepapers, guides and
Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server with
J.D. Meier of Microsoft
Improving Web Services Security with Microsoft Patterns &
Application Architecture Guide 2.0 with Microsoft Patterns &
Security Engineering Explained with Microsoft Patterns &
Security Threats: Risks, Protection & Limitations for CIO
Security Innovation has established unparalleled expertise across
Microsoft platforms and development environments. The two companies
maintain a lengthy and successful relationship, collaborating on
numerous application security initiatives, code reviews, penetration
tests, development and research projects:
More than 50 direct engagements with various Microsoft groups that
include penetration testing, code reviews, research/competitive
analysis, customer-facing guidance creation, custom development and
Several research projects that received high visibility and acclaim,
including direct briefing to Bill Gates
A.C.E. certified as a third party penetration test organization
VisualStudio Integration Partner
Member of the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Pro
Network, and close relationship with Microsoft Security Engineering
Group for SDL-related work.
Co-authored 5 Patterns & Practices Guides
About Security Innovation
Security Innovation is an established leader in the application security
space and offers solutions based on the three pillars of the Software
Development Lifecycle (SDLC): standards,
On a mission to help eliminate the root cause of most data breaches –
insecure software applications – Security Innovation helps organizations
build internal expertise, uncover critical vulnerabilities and integrate
security into their software development lifecycle.
The company’s flagship products include TeamMentor,
“out of the box” secure development standards and TeamProfessor,
the industry’s largest library of application security eLearning
courses. The TeamProfessor eLearning platform serves as the foundation
for security awareness and application vulnerability assessment,
remediation and prevention skills development. It offers more than 45
courses and over 100 hours of real-world content, with popular topics
including Mobile Security (awareness and secure development for Android,
iPhone, and Blackberry), secure coding (.NET, Java, C/C++, C#, PHP,
Oracle), PCI-DSS and OWASP.
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