Robert C. Seacord

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Robert C. Seacord

Robert C. Seacord (born June 5, 1963) is an American computer security specialist and writer. He is the author of books on computer security, legacy system modernization, and component-based software engineering.


Seacord earned a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in December 1983. He has also completed graduate-level courses at Carnegie-Mellon University in software design, creation and maintenance; user interfaces; software project management; formal methods; human factors; operating systems; and entrepreneurship.[citation needed]


Seacord began programming professionally for IBM in 1984, working in processor development, then communications and operating system software, and software engineering. He led the Secure Coding Initiative in the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until 1991, working on the User Interface Project.[1] He also has worked at the X Consortium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he developed and maintained code for the Common Desktop Environment and the X Window System. He returned to SEI in 1996, working on component-based software engineering and joined CERT in 2003.[2] He left CERT and the SEI and joined NCC Group in 2015,[3] as a Technical Director.

Seacord was an adjunct professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science and in the Information Networking Institute.[3] He was also a part-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.[4]

Seacord is on the Advisory Board for the Linux Foundation[5] and a technical expert for the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 international standardization working group for the C programming language.[6] He co-wrote the 2016 Facebook osquery audit.[7]

In February 2022 Seacord joined Woven Planet Holdings, where he is Standardization Lead, working with Toyota and its suppliers on quality software development.[8]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Seacord, Robert C. (2020). Effective C: An Introduction to Professional C Programming. San Francisco, California: No Starch Press. ISBN 9781718501041.
  • Seacord, Robert. The CERT® C Coding Standard, Second Edition: 98 Rules for Developing Safe, Reliable, and Secure Systems (2nd Edition), Addison-Wesley Professional, 2014. ISBN 0-321-98404-8.
  • Lon, Fred; Mohindra, Dhruv; Seacord, Robert; Sutherland, Dean F.; and Svoboda, David. Java Coding Guidelines: 75 Recommendations for Reliable and Secure Programs, Addison-Wesley, 2014. ISBN 978-0321933157.
  • Seacord, Robert. Secure Coding in C and C++, Second Edition, Addison Wesley, 2013. ISBN 0-321-33572-4
  • Seacord, Robert; Long, Fred; Mohindra, Dhruv; Sutherland, Dean; Svoboda, David. The CERT® Oracle® Secure Coding Standard for Java, Addison Wesley, 2011. ISBN 0-321-803-957
  • Seacord, Robert. The CERT® C Secure Coding Standard, Addison Wesley, 2008. ISBN 0-321-56321-2
  • Seacord, Robert; Plakosh, Daniel; Lewis, Grace. Modernizing Legacy Systems: Software Technologies, Engineering Processes, and Business Practices, Addison Wesley, 2003. ISBN 0-321-11884-7
  • Seacord, Robert, Wallnau, Kurt; Hissam, Scott. Building Systems from Commercial Components, Addison Wesley, 2001. ISBN 0-201-70064-6


Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ "Robert C. Seacord | US-CERT". Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  2. ^ Chisnall, David; Seacord, Robert C. (2008-12-15). Robert Seacord on the CERT C Secure Coding Standard.
  3. ^ a b "Renowned secure coding expert and author joins NCC Group's US team". 4 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. ^ "CoMeT : Dangerous Optimizations and a Loss of Causality. Speaker bio". September 11, 2010. Retrieved 2020-12-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Core Infrastructure Initiative Advisory Board". The Linux Foundation. 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "CERT Research Annual Report" (PDF). 2009. p. 76. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ Salas, Ralph; Rahimi, Andrew; Seacord, Robert (March 11, 2016). "OSQuery Application Security Assessment" (PDF). NCCGROUP.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Secure Coding and Integers (Show notes)". 2022-03-03. Retrieved 2022-04-14.

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