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Dr. James A. Whittaker

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Trustworthy Computing Academic Ad...

Local Address: Seattle, Washington, United States
Microsoft Corporation
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  • Ph.D. , computer science
    University of Tennessee
  • M.S. , Computer Science
    University of Tennessee
  • B.A. degree , Computer Science
    Bellarmine College
  • Ph. D.
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Security Innovation - Company - Management, 18 Nov 2006 [cached]
Dr. James A. Whittaker, Ph. D. - Founder
Founder of Security Innovation, Dr. Whittaker is a professor of computer Science at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and is recognized in business, government and academic circles around the world as a leading authority on software testing and security.A prolific author and speaker, he has written more than one hundred papers and articles on software development and computer security, and is a frequent keynote speaker for industry and corporate conferences.
Dr. Whittaker has written six pioneering books on various aspects of software engineering and security, including the soon to be released "How to Break Web Software" and How to Break Software Security, which is widely regarded as the definitive text on application security testing techniques.He has contributed written and oral commentary for media outlets such as InformationWeek, CIO Update, ComputerWorld, CSO Magazine and Dr. Dobbs Journal.Dr. Whittaker is a founding member of the Application Security Industry Consortium, Inc. (AppSIC), an association of industry technologists and leaders to help establish and define cross-industry application security guidance and metrics.
Dr. Whittaker holds patents on various inventions in software testing and defensive security applications and has attracted tens of millions of dollars in funding, sponsorship and license agreements while a professor at FIT.In 2001 he was appointed to Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board and was named a "Top Scholar" by the editors of the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research publications in software engineering.His research team at FIT is well known for its development of exploits against software security, including cracking encryption, passwords and infiltrating protected networks via novel attacks against software defense.
Dr. Whittaker also serves as a software testing and security consultant to various U.S. government agencies, as well as to some of the world's largest software companies including SAP, IBM and Symantec.Dr. Whittaker received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. degree in Computer Science from Bellarmine College.
Software Security Summit Announces Keynote Speakers for Debut Event in La Jolla, California April 12-14, 7 Feb 2005 [cached]
HUNTINGTON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2005-- BZ Media LLC today announced the debut of the Software Security Summit conference, April 12-14 in La Jolla, Calif., with kickoff keynote presentations by the former cyber chief of the Department of Homeland Security, Amit Yoran; the chief security officer for Oracle, Mary Ann Davidson; and noted security expert and author James A. Whittaker, chief scientist at Security Innovation and professor of computer science at Florida Institute of Technology.
James A. Whittaker, speaking on "Understanding the Arts of your Adversary," is chief scientist at Security Innovation Inc. and a professor of computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Webinars | uTest, 18 Sept 2012 [cached]
James Whittaker takes a critical look at testing investments and draws some very counter-intuitive conclusions about getting the most from them, including tools and practices that will help maximize your investment and make testing a happier place.
Exploratory Software Testing Join Dr. James Whittaker, formerly Test Engineering Director at Google and renowned software testing expert, as he presents this webinar from uTest - Exploratory Software Testing
5 Ways to Revolutionize Your QA Join Dr. James Whittaker, formerly Director of Test Engineering at Google and renowned software testing expert, as he presents this webinar from uTest - 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your QA.
Join Dr. James Whittaker, formerly Director of Test Engineering at Google and renowned software testing expert, as he presents this webinar from uTest - The Future of Software Testing.
Earlier this week, former Google ..., 19 Nov 2012 [cached]
Earlier this week, former Google executive James Whittaker published a blog post explaining why he left the company.
James ..., 16 July 2014 [cached]
James Whittaker Distinguished Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
James Whittaker is a technology executive with a career that spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies. His story starts in 1986 with the distinction of being the first computer science graduate ever to be hired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he worked to automate Agent's caseloads. He then entered graduate school at the University of Tennessee where he received his PhD in computer science in 1991.
Following academia, James worked as a freelance developer specializing in test automation. He worked in 13 different countries over a five year period, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft. During this time he performed seminal research in software quality and developer productivity and published dozens of papers, patents and conference presentations. In 1996 he joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record and won over $12m in sponsored research.
James' first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and then Visual Studio. In 2009 he joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Chrome OS, Maps and Google+. He was also the keynote speaker for Google Developer Days. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft to build the Bing Information Platform and is now a Distinguished Technical Evangelist charged with showing Microsoft's vision of the future to the world.
James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his five books two have been Jolt Award finalists.
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