Dan Cornell has more than 12 years of experience architecting, developing and securing Web-based software systems. As a principal of Denim Group, he leads the organization's technology team, overseeing methodology development and project execution for Denim Group's customers. He also heads the Denim Group application security research team, investigating the application of secure coding and development techniques to the improvement of Web-based software development methodologies.
In addition, Cornell performed as the CTO of BrandDefense, architecting and developing its cutting-edge intellectual property protection technologies. Over a one-year period of development he brought its Web-based intellectual property protection technologies through three major versions, surpassing the applications of well-funded and entrenched competitors.
Previously he was the VP, global competency leader for Rare Medium's Java and Unix competency center, based in San Antonio, with development centers in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Sydney. He directed the development of best practices and policy for the cornerstone of Rare Medium's technical development arm, specializing in server-side Java application development.
Cornell was a founder and VP of engineering for Atension Inc., where he led the technical development team and served as the architect for the company's internal engineering practices, until the company's acquisition by Rare Medium. In March 1999, Texas Monthly magazine named Cornell and his partners, Sheridan Chambers and Tyson Weihs, to its list of 30 "Multimedia Whizzes Under Thirty" doing business in Texas.
Prior to his work with Atension, Cornell developed simulation applications for the Air Force with Southwest Research Institute.
He has published papers on topics ranging from data security to high-end graphical simulations, as well as an IBM Redbook on building server-side Java applications for the Linux platform. He has been published by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Society of Computing Simulation International. He is a sought-after speaker on topics of Web application security and building solutions with Microsoft .NET and J2EE technologies and has spoken at such international conferences as Roots in Norway and OWASP EU Summit in Portugal.
Cornell was the founding coordinator and chairman for the Java Users Group of San Antonio and is currently the San Antonio Open Web Application Security Project chapter leader, a member of the OWASP Global Membership Committee and a co-lead of the OWASP Open Review Project. He also serves on the advisory board of Trinity University's Department of Computer Science. He is the primary author of Sprajax, Denim Group's open source tool for assessing the security of Ajax-enabled Web applications.
Cornell holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in computer science, and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University.