Management

Security Innovation is comprised of application security trailblazers - one of the first companies to focus solely on this critical aspect of Product & IT Security.

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Management

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Management

Ed Adams - President & CEO

Ed AdamsEd Adams is a software executive with successful leadership experience in various-sized organizations that serve the IT security and quality assurance industries. As CEO, Mr. Adams applies his security and business skills, as well as his pervasive industry experience in the software quality space, to direct application security experts to help organizations understand the risks in their software systems and develop programs to mitigate those risks. The company has delivered high-quality risk solutions to the most recognizable companies in the world including Microsoft, IBM, Fedex, ING, Nationwide and HP.

Mr. Adams is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and founded the Application Security Industry Consortium, Inc. (AppSIC), a non-profit association of industry analysts, enterprise technologists, and security leaders established to define cross-industry application security metrics and best practices that eventually morphed into SAFECode at which point Mr. Adams got more engaged with other industry initiatives, including OWASP. Mr. Adams is on the board of the National Association of Information Security Groups (NAISG), and the International Secure Software Engineering Council (ISSECO). In February of 2014, Mr. Adams was named a Privacy by Design Ambassador, which is a group of privacy thought-leaders committed to ensuring the ongoing protection of personal information by following the Principles of PbD.

No stranger to the podium, Mr. Adams has presented to thousands at numerous seminars, software industry conferences, and private companies. He has contributed written and oral commentary for business and technology media outlets such as New England Cable News, CSO Magazine, SC Magazine, CIO Update, Investor’s Business Daily, Optimize and CFO Magazine, and can be followed on Twitter. Prior to working at Security Innovation, Mr. Adams held senior management positions at Rational Software, Lionbridge, Ipswitch, and MathSoft. He graduated from UMass Lowell with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English Literature and worked as an engineer for the US Army and Foster-Miller, a government systems integrator (now QuinetiQ N.A.) Mr. Adams also earned his MBA degree with honors from Boston College.

Jason Taylor - Chief Technology Officer

Jason TaylorMr. 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 was the visionary and designer of the Company’s “Creating Secure Code” methodology and course which has been taught to several of the world's largest technology organizations.

Prior to joining Security Innovation, Mr. Taylor served as test architect, security lead and development manager at Microsoft for various releases of Internet Explorer and Windows. He was the first member of the Internet Explorer security test team, and as the security team lead, he grew it from a solitary operation to the leading application security test team at Microsoft. Later, he built the Test Model Toolkit which became the standard model-based testing tool at Microsoft, winning a Best Practice Award along the way.

Mr. Taylor was named a 2013 Microsoft Developer MVP for Security and co-created the industry recognized STRIDE and DREAD application threat modeling and classification techniques. He has co-authored ten security books and guides with the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team, and published several whitepapers including “Web Services Risk Assessment and Recommendations” and “Security Threats: Risks, Protection & Limitations" for CIO Update. He is co-author of "Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server" and “Improving Web Services Security” with J.D. Meier of Microsoft. Mr. Taylor received his C.S. degree from Montana State University.

Joe Basirico - VP of Services

Joe BasiricoJoe leverages his unique experience as a development lead, trainer, researcher, and test engineer to lead the security engineering team in their delivery of high-quality, impactful assessment and remediation solutions to the company’s customers. His ability to blend his technical skills with risk-based contextual analysis and unwavering customer commitment makes him an invaluable asset for each Security Innovation client.

Joe has spent most the majority of his professional career analyzing application behavior, understanding application threats and developing tools and methodologies that assist in the discovery and removal of application security problems. To keep his technical skills honed, Joe participates in SDLC process assessments and security engineering activities such as security design and code reviews, threat modeling, and application penetration testing.

Joe’s deep knowledge of application risk, coupled with his hands-on experience assessing a plethora of commercial software, makes him a trusted advisor for customers and is often a “go to” resource for specialized training and critical consulting services. He has worked on projects directly for Microsoft, Symantec, OWASP, HP, US Courts, and many others during his 8+ year tenure with the company.

Joe is an active member in the security and open-source communities, having contributed technology, training, utilities, expertise and methodologies. He manages the company’s engineering blog and has written several publications that focus on vulnerabilities at the source code level. Joe holds a B.S in Computer Science from Montana State University.

Peter Samson, Sr. VP and General Manager, Embedded Security Business Unit

Peter SamsonMr. Samson brings a wealth of Management, Marketing, and Sales expertise within the information technology industry to Security Innovation. With profit and loss responsibility, his job is to help accelerate the growth of the company’s wireless and embedded business unit within established and new global markets. Previously at Security Innovation, Peter served as VP of Market Development, responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company’s solutions and parter network. Peter has spent most of his professional career focused on helping companies perform better. He has held senior management positions at Global 1000 organizations in the US and Japan, managed P&L business units of hundreds of millions of dollars, spearheaded market and sales development, and built global teams. Prior to joining Security Innovation, Peter held several positions with Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of new market opportunities for global enterprises. Prior to this, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Server Division at Unisys and a recognized industry expert in the field of implementing and integrating mission critical IT systems. Peter also lived in Japan for several years where he served as President of Oki Unisys Kaisha in Tokyo..

Mr. Samson earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen.

Stephanie Aznoian - Vice President of Finance

Stephanie AznoianMs. Aznoian joined Security Innovation in 2005, taking the financial reins of a growing company with an international presence and complex accounting and finance needs. She has managed all facets of company finances, from real estate to tax planning, from contract negotiation and administration to Human Resources and audit performance.

Prior to joining Security Innovation, Ms. Aznoian held positions at Wellesley Companies, Inc., LION Bioscience Research, Inc., and The Timberland Company. Aside from her professional accomplishments, she is very active in the her community, teaching Accounting in an adult education program, serving on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and acting as Treasurer for professional organizations. Ms. Aznoian earned her BS in Accounting from Bentley College, and her Masters Degree in Taxation with distinguished honors from Northeastern University.

William Whyte, D. Phil - Chief Scientist

William WhyteDr. Whyte is responsible for the strategy and research behind the company's activities in vehicular communications security and cryptographic research. Before joining Security Innovation, he was CTO for NTRU Cryptosystems, a leading provider of embedded security solutions and previously served as Senior Cryptographer with Baltimore Technologies in Dublin, Ireland. He is chair of the IEEE 1363 Working Group for new standards in public key cryptography and has served as technical editor of two published IEEE standards, IEEE Std 1363.1-2008 and IEEE Std 1609.2-2006, as well as the ASC X9 standard X9.98.

Dr. Whyte led the implementation of 1609.2 for the USDoT-sponsored VII Proof of Concept project and is responsible for development of the NTRU Aerolink™ product. Dr. Whyte holds a D. Phil from Oxford University on Statistical Mechanics of Neural Networks and a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has presented on cryptography and security at numerous industry and government events on four continents.

Greg Smith - VP of Sales & Marketing

Greg SmithDrawing on more than 25 years experience in various high-tech industries, Mr. Smith oversees all worldwide marketing and business development activities and is responsible for growing revenue through strategic market penetration. He has a proven track record of delivering rapid growth programs at technology companies by combining innovative strategies with efficient go-to-market operations and high velocity sales models. Mr. Smith’s professional work history is one of results-oriented success, spanning numerous executive roles from Vice President to General Manager to CEO. Prior to joining Security Innovation, he spent 14 years at Kronos where he created or managed the sales and marketing efforts for various divisions. During his tenure there, his teams were consistently top performing and helped the company grow from $265 million to more than $1 billion in revenues.

Mr. Smith holds an MS in Management (with a concentration in Leadership) from Northeastern University and a BS in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach.

Board of Directors


Ed Adams - President & CEO, Security Innovation

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Jeffrey Hoffstein - Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Brown University

Jeff is a co-inventor of the NTRU public key cryptographic system, and a Professor of Mathematics at Brown University. He has published papers on the subjects of number theory and cryptography, and is the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation grants. Jeff has held academic positions at the University of Rochester, IAS and Göttingen University in Germany. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Jeffrey T. Emig - COO, RobbinsKersten

Jeff joined RobbinsKersten in 2012. Previously, Jeff was at Brook Venture Partners for six years, after receiving his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he graduated with Honors as an Edward Tuck Scholar with Distinction. Before Tuck, Jeff was one of the founders of Tenor Networks, a firm focused on developing high-end optical networking equipment. At Tenor, Jeff built the finance and operations groups and assisted in raising over $120M of Venture Capital through three rounds of financing. Prior to Tenor, Jeff held finance and operations roles in 3Com Corp.’s Switching Division. Jeff holds a Bachelors Degree with Honors from the University of Massachusetts where he graduated as Valedictorian of the School of Finance and Operations Management.

Frederic H. Morris - Partner, Brook Venture Partners

Prior to Brook Venture, Frederic held a variety of strategic positions with WT Grant, U.S. Trust Company of New York , State Street Bank & Trust Company Growth. In 1996, he teamed up Andy Clapp to form the predecessor venture investing group to Brook Venture Fund. The duo formally launched the Brook Venture Fund in mid-1998, investing in 17 companies and generating a top quartile return. Brook Fund II has subsequently been launched as an SBIC with $100 M in capital, where Frederic remains active in deal flow generation, investing and overseeing investments throughout this period.

Frederic drives much of the analytical activities at Brook Venture , haven overseen the legal side of the business for many years and serving in a lead role in evaluating potential portfolio companies from a financial perspective. He earned a B.S in economics from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Harvard University.

Gordon Burns - Director, the Compass Diversified Holdings

Gordon has served as a Director of the Compass Diversified Holdings since May 2008. Mr. Burns has been a private investor since 1998. Previously he was responsible for investment banking at UBS Securities and before that was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Burns is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.