U-M adjunct named Drupal Security Team lead


Michael Hess, adjunct lecturer and a Solution Architect Lead at the University of Michigan, was recently appointed the new lead of the  Drupal Security Team. Drupal is an open source content management framework that underlies at least 2% of the world's websites, including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk.

Hess works with the School of Information and the U-M Medical Center, teaching 3 courses on content management platform and overseeing the functionality of several campus websites. He also serves in a consulting and development role for many other University departments. Hess is a graduate of UMSI, with a master's degree in information.

A member of Drupal Security Team for three years and Infrastructure Team for two years, Hess plans to move the Security Team into a more advisory role as opposed to a responsive one, according to Drupal founder and lead developer Dries Buytaert. His goals include motivating maintainers to build secure code, diversifying team roles, providing improved metrics on the Security Team to its members and building better and more automated tools for the Security Team.

Hess will be the point person for the team, responsible for coordinating Security Team activities and making decisions in the absence of consensus. He is the fourth team leader since the Drupal Security Team’s inception in 2005. Károly Négyesi, Heine Deelstra, and most recently Greg Knaddison served as team leaders. Knaddison is stepping down but will continue to serve on the security team after his term as lead ends.

Read the Drupal.org posting here: https://drupal.org/node/2151461

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013