Herbert H. ThompsoN, PH.D.

Chief Security Strategist

People Security

11 Penn Plaza, 5th Floor

New York, New York. 10001



Professional bIOGRAPHY

Dr. Herbert H. Thompson is Chief Security Strategist at People Security ( and an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University in New York. He is a world-renown expert in application security and has co-authored four books on the topic including, How to Break Software Security: Effective Techniques for Security Testing (with Dr. James Whittaker, published by Addison-Wesley, 2003), and The Software Vulnerability Guide (with Scott Chase, published by Charles River 2005). In 2006 he was named one of the “Top 5 Most Influential Thinkers in IT Security” by SC Magazine.

He’s spent years creating methodologies that help clients build demonstrably more secure software and has trained developers, architects, security testers and executives at some of the world’s largest software companies. Dr. Thompson has delivered talks/keynotes at key conferences and Fortune 500 corporations, writing industry-defining books and articles on software security, and interacting with the press. He has been interviewed by top news organizations including CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, HBO, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Associated Press, and the Washington Post. Dr. Thompson has authored more than 80 academic and industrial publications on software security and frequently writes for such industry publications as Dr. Dobbs Journal, IEEE Security & Privacy, CSO Magazine, Network World, CIO Update, and ACM Queue.

As Chief Security Strategist at People Security he heads the company’s security education program and also directs research projects for some of the world’s largest corporations. Dr. Thompson is also Program Committee Chair for RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security gathering. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology, where he remains on the graduate faculty.