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AppSec Pioneer | The Career Journey of Ed Adams

In this extensive discussion, Ed Adams, the CEO of Security Innovation, shares his remarkable journey and insights into the realm of application security. As a pioneer in this field, Ed recounts the inception of Security Innovation at the Florida Institute of Technology, spearheaded by Dr. James Whittaker’s visionary idea. Their groundbreaking work was rooted in analyzing 10,000 software defects. This led to the creation of a pioneering book, “How to Break Software Security,” and laid the foundation for their venture.

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Unveiling Security Innovation’s Growth and Ed’s Journey in Software Security

 

Ed delves into the early days of the company, initially focusing on penetration testing for notable entities. They worked with Microsoft, Symantec, and U.S. government agencies. Over time, as the industry transitioned towards prioritizing application security, Security Innovation adapted its services and expanded into online training. Their was collaboration, in particular with Microsoft’s SDL (Security Development Lifecycle).

 

Ed delves into the early days of the company, initially focusing on penetration testing for notable entities. They worked with Microsoft, Symantec, and U.S. government agencies. Over time, as the industry transitioned towards prioritizing application security, Security Innovation adapted its services and expanded into online training. Their was collaboration, in particular with Microsoft’s SDL (Security Development Lifecycle).

 

The conversation traces Ed’s personal journey from a background in mechanical engineering and English literature to his pivotal role in software quality. Eventually, it led him to application security and then his transition into product management. Joining Rational Software marked a significant shift in his career where he found alignment with Dr. Whittaker’s vision for integrating security into software quality.

 

Reflecting on Security Innovation’s Evolution

 

Reflecting on the evolution of Security Innovation over its 22-year history, Ed underscores the company’s enduring commitment to software security. He highlights pivotal moments, including divestments to Raytheon and Qualcomm, while emphasizing the global reach of their operations.

 

Guy, the interviewer, acknowledges Security Innovation’s technical prowess and collaborative approach, expressing gratitude for their partnership over the years. Moreover, he lauds the company’s growth and recommends their services to the audience, affirming Ed’s leadership and the talent pool within the organization.

 

In conclusion, Ed expresses gratitude for being part of this transformative journey. He underscores the significance of continued collaboration and innovation in the realm of cybersecurity.

 

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