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Matt Tesauro


Matt has been involved in the information technology and application development for more than 15 years. He is currently the Senior Software Security Engineer at Pearson.  He is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas Computer Science department teaching the next generation of CS students about Application Security.  Previously, he was the Senior Product Security Engineer at Rackspace. Prior to joining Rackspace, Matt spent time as a application security consultant, spent several years as the “appsec guy” at a government agency and started out as a web app developer. Matt's focus has been in application security including testing, code reviews, design reviews and training. His background in web application development and system administration helped bring a holistic focus to Secure SDLC efforts he's driven.

He has taught both graduate level university courses and for large financial institutions. Matt has presented and provided training a various industry events including DHS Software Assurance Workshop, Agile Austin, AppSec EU, AppSec US, AppSec Academia, and AppSec Brazil. Matt is currently active with the OpenStack Security Group (OSSG) and a fomer board member of the OWASP Foundation. He is highly involved in many OWASP projects and committees. Matt is the project leader of the OWASP OpenStack Security project - a project to bring the OpenStack and OWASP communities together.

He has also run the OWASP WTE (Web Testing Environment) since 2008 which is the source of the OWASP Live CD Project and Virtual Machines pre-configured with tools and documentation for testing web applications - all running on Linux (of course). Industry designations include the RHCE, Linux+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Matt Tesauro has a B.S. in Economics and a M.S in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.