Executive Director, SAFECodeSteve Lipner is the Executive Director of SAFECode, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing trust in ICT products and services through the advancement of effective software assurance methods. He retired in 2015 as Partner Director of Software Security at Microsoft where he was the creator and long-time leader of the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). Prior to his retirement, Lipner served as board chair of SAFECode. Lipner was also responsible for Microsoft's policies and strategies for security evaluation of products by governments, and for Microsoft's approach to supply chain security and product integrity. He holds twelve U.S. patents in computer and network security, and was elected in 2015 to the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame.