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January 30, 2007

Coverity Names David Maxwell as Open Source Strategist

Filed under: Open Source — tuxicity @ 7:59 am

Coverity Names David Maxwell as Open Source Strategist >>

Security Expert and Senior NetBSD Developer Joins Leading Source Code Analysis Company to Oversee New Open Source Initiatives

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Coverity, Inc., makers of the world’s most advanced source code analysis solution, today announced the appointment of David Maxwell as the company’s first Open Source Strategist. Maxwell will manage the continuation and expansion of Coverity’s Department of Homeland Security-sponsored open source scans, as well as other new partnerships with the open source community. As part of a three-year contract awarded by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate under its “Vulnerability Discovery and Remediation Open Source Hardening Project,” Coverity currently analyzes over 50 popular open source projects in an effort to better secure the software that powers critical national infrastructure. One of Maxwell’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing the ongoing development of the program to include more software packages and to better serve the open source community. He will work closely with open source developers to ensure that they have a strong voice in the process and that the initiative continues to provide valuable results for their development teams. “We’re very pleased to be joined by someone with such a depth and breadth of experience in the concerns of open source users and developers,” said Ben Chelf, CTO of Coverity. “The open source community has been a tremendous partner for us, and having someone of David’s background will enable us to strengthen that relationship and explore new avenues of cooperation.” “I’ve been an avid user of open source since the early 1980’s, back in the days of packages like B News and smail, but my day jobs have sometimes kept me too busy to fully participate in the open source community,” said Maxwell. “I’m looking forward to working with open source project teams full-time and to the exciting work Coverity is doing with the community.” Maxwell enters his new role at Coverity with over 20 years of experience with open source software. A long time open source user and developer, he is particularly active in the NetBSD community. He currently sits on the advisory board for the BSD Certification Group and the program committee for the annual BSDCan conference. He was also a NetBSD Security Officer from 2001-2005 and a contributor to the best-selling O’Reilly title BSD Hacks. Prior to joining Coverity, Maxwell was a Senior Software Designer for IDT Canada. He has also previously worked as a lead kernel developer for Nokia and held network security positions at firms such as Coventus and Synectic Software. As a Senior Network Specialist for Fundy Communications, Maxwell designed and implemented a broadband network architecture for the Canadian province of New Brunswick. More information on Coverity’s open source initiatives is available at http://scan.coverity.com/ . About Coverity Coverity (http://www.coverity.com), maker of the most advanced source code analysis solution, is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco. Coverity’s groundbreaking technology removes the barriers to writing and delivering complex software by automatically finding critical software defects and security vulnerabilities as the software is written. More than 100 leading companies choose Coverity because it scales to tens of millions of lines of code, has the lowest false positive rate and provides 100 percent path coverage. Companies like Juniper Networks, Symantec/VERITAS, McAfee, Synopsys, NASA, Palm and Wind River work with Coverity’s tools to eliminate security and quality defects from their mission-critical code. NOTE: Coverity is a registered trademark, and Coverity Extend and Coverity Prevent are trademarks of Coverity, Inc. All other company and product names are the property of their respective owners.

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