Category: Influencer

Name: Ed Adams

Title: President & CEO

Company: Security Innovation

Why Nominated: In addition to being at the helm of Security Innovation for over 16 years, Ed Adams is a Distinguished Fellow of The Ponemon Institute and actively contributes to its think tank research. He serves on the board of several IT security organizations and was named a Privacy by Design Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Specific industry accomplishments include:

Profile: Adams is a software quality and security expert with over 20 years of experience serving the software security and quality industries. He has been member of the Security Innovation Board of Directors since its inception in 2002 and took over as president & CEO in 2003. Security Innovation is a pioneer in software security assessment and training.

Adams leverages his skills and pervasive industry experience to help customers understand risks in their software systems and develops programs to mitigate those risks. He spearheaded the effort to create two additional companies from the vast intellectual property Security Innovation built:

Additionally, Adams is committed to promoting women’s interests in security and has been a strong supporter of his company’s sponsorship of the Women in Security & Privacy initiative. He is also an advocate and active supporter of United Way’s BoSTEM and its commitment to deliver hands-on, quality learning opportunities, in partnership with out-of-school programs and corporate volunteers.

What colleagues say: “Ed has helped many organizations transform security and privacy dreams into effective programs. His research, publications, presentations, and industry initiatives have positively affected businesses, government bodies, and individuals alike. Always pragmatic and endlessly energetic, Ed’s enthusiasm and efforts are prolific and have influenced many in this industry.”

– Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute

“Over a decade ago I met Ed and his position was secure the applications from development to delivery. At the same time, the security industry was adding layers to their defense-in-depth. 10,543,713,117 breached records later has proved layers don’t work and apps are the ONLY constant neglected. If you would like to continue to define insanity, feel free to add another layer of complexity or listen to Ed and secure the app.”

– Stan Black, SVP, chief security and information officer, Global Security Organization