On May 15th and 16th in Washington, D.C. hundreds of secure software practitioners gathered for the first Security Development Conference organized by Microsoft. What made this conference unique was not so much the focus on secure software practices as it was the quality of the speakers and of the attendees.
The speaker line-up included high-profile personalities such as Richard Clarke, former special advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Also in attendance were Scott Charney, the Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft and General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the NSA and of the CIA. Throughout the conference other talented practitioners from Adobe, Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, NIST, NSA, SalesForce.com to name just a few also hosted sessions; each was eager to share their experiences.
Reeny Sondhi and Izar Tarandach (center seat on the picture) represented EMC in the speaker line-up and discussed respectively SDL Management and threat modeling. EMC was also a sponsor at this event and had experts on hand to talk about Product Security.
Such a showcase of the latest practices in software security is further demonstration of the progress the industry has made in this field in recent years. We are looking forward to supporting the Security Development Conference in the future.