OWASP Bio - (Updated October 2017)
Dr. Morana volunteers for the OWASP organization as project leader of the application security guide for CISOs and is currently a member of OWASP Tampa, Florida Chapter in USA. Previously he was member of OWASP London U.K. chapter and the founder of the OWASP chapter in Cincinnati U.S.A.
In his current professional role, Dr. Morana works as SVP at large Financial Institution where he is responsible for the architecture risk analysis and threat modelling program execution and application security strategy including leading initiatives for mitigating the risks of sophisticated cyber-threats targeting web and mobile applications. He was previously (2007-2011) VP and technology information security officer with the same FI in North America.
In his distinguished 15+ years of career in application security, Dr. Morana held roles in different companies as security consultant, application security architect, professional trainer and program manager. As cyber-security technologist, Dr. Morana most important contributions to cyber-security is the invention of the first secure email plug-in using SMIME protocol that was patented for NASA in 1996. Dr. Morana is technical advisor of start-ups Minded Security UK LTD based in London, UK and Nok Nok Labs Inc and Confer Technologies in USA. Dr Morana was a mentor of early stage cyber-security start-ups at Level 39 and CyLon Lab accelerators in London UK. Dr. Morana has been the advisor of the EU funded project on cyber-crime research CyberROAD and was invited to provide lectures at the PhD Summer School on Computer Security & Privacy at University of Cagliari Italy
Dr. Morana has been active contributor to the OWASP organization since 2005 contributing to the following OWASP projects: application security guide for CISOs as main author the application threat modeling methodology of the OWASP secure coding guide the introduction to the security testing methodology the OWASP security testing guide the OWASP Source Code Review Project and OWASP Security Analysis of Core J2EE Design Patterns Project and most recently the OWASP cyber-security startup accelerator initiative
Dr Morana current effort for OWASP is work on the Application Security Guide for CISO version 2 with planned release in 2018.
As public speaker Dr. Morana has presented topics of software and application security at several local chapter meetings and AppSec USA conferences and summits in USA and AppSec Europe and summits in Italy. Besides presenting at OWASP conferences Mr. Morana gave talks at CSI and Blackhat security conferences.
Dr Morana work on application and software security has been widely published on In-secure magazine,Secure Enterprise, ISSA Journal and the C/C++ Users journal as well as DHS Software Security Assurance, CIO Magazine, Bank Info Security and gave interviews for FST Media and MarketForce Business Media LLC
Dr. Morana co-authored one of the threat modelling methodologies, Process For Attack Simulation and Threat Analysis (PASTA) that is covered in the Risk Centric Threat Modeling: Process for Attack Simulation and Threat Analysis Book published by Wiley in 2015. In 2016 Dr. Morana was engaged by NSA accredited National University to help with the curriculum of the course CYB602 Threat Modelling & Intel
In 2016, Dr Morana was also engaged by ENISA to co-author the white paper, Security of Digital Wallet and Mobile Payments