Steven Lipner

Hertz Fellow: Steven Lipner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Civil Engineering

Fellowship Years

1965 - 1968

Steven B. Lipner, executive director of SAFECode, is a computer security pioneer with more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, development manager, and general manager in IT security. In 2015, he retired from Microsoft where he was the creator and long-time leader of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team. While at Microsoft, Lipner also created initiatives to encourage industry adoption of secure development practices and the SDL, and served as a member and chair of the SAFECode board. Throughout his career, Lipner has been a contributor to government and industry efforts to improve cybersecurity. He was one of the founding members of the U.S. Government Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board – serving two terms (a total of more than ten years).

Steve has been a member of nine National Research Council committees and is named as co-inventor on twelve U.S. patents. In 2015, he was elected to the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and he holds an appointment as adjunct professor of computer science at the Institute for Software Research, School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University. Steve is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, for developing and deploying practical methods for engineering secure software and computer systems.