Steven B. Lipner is a computer security pioneer with more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, development manager, and general manager in IT Security. He helped form and served on the Anderson Panel for the Air Force in the early 1970s (was MITRE’s representative), oversaw path breaking computer security high assurance mathematical model work at MITRE later that decade, was a leader in Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC) effort to build an A1 (TCSEC certification) system in the 1980s, and led the creation of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle in the 2000s. This interview focuses primarily on Lipner’s involvement on the Anderson Panel, his work at MITRE, and his work at DEC.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1116862, “Building an Infrastructure for Computer Security History.”