Your Next Steps if Your AppSec Program Is in the Reactive Stage

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By Suzanne Ciccone February 23, 2017  | Managing AppSec
Reactive application security programs should follow these steps.

This is the first blog in a series that will look at each stage of an application security program’s maturity and outline what the next steps are to move toward an advanced program. We typically see organizations fall within one of these four stages of application security: Reactive Baseline Expanded Advanced If you are in the first stage and taking a reactive approach to application... READ MORE

Live From RSA: Your Chance to Get It Right – 5 Keys to Building AppSec into DevOps

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By Jessica Lavery February 17, 2017  | Security News
AppSec and DevOps

The session I’ve been waiting for all week at RSA – Chris Wysopal and Tim Jarrett of Veracode gave an informative talk about the need for security to adapt to the developer-led world and the opportunity DevOps presents for security to become part of the team. Chris likened cyberthreats to Cholera, the disease is always there, but only when you have poor sanitation do you get sick or... READ MORE

Live From RSA: Final Boarding Call for DevOps – You Don’t Have to Go Home, But …

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
RSAC Corman Keynote: DevOps

Josh Corman gave another engaging and informative talk at RSA about DevOps and how it is changing the way we think about security. As he says, DevOps is here, and is the future of development. Companies that don’t start shifting this way won’t be able to keep up in terms of innovation. But he also points out the need for governance, using the analogy of an earthquake. The earthquake... READ MORE

Live From RSA: States Confront Cybersecurity Challenge

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
RSAC McAuliffe Keynote

Before Terry McAuliffe made his plea for audience members to move to Virginia, the Virginia Governor and the Chairman of the National Governors Association spoke about the need for states to take cybersecurity into their own hands and work with the federal government to improve it. He pointed out that, collectively, the 50 U.S. states possess more data than the federal government. Health... READ MORE

Live From RSA: Michael McCaul Keynote – Fight for Our Digital Lives

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
RSAC Michael McCaul keynote

The RSA 2017 theme of cyberwar and the need for improved national security continued with a presentation by Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Like many of the other speakers I heard today, McCaul danced a political line. But if others were dancing a ballet, he was more of a tap dancer, clearly stomping on the line while others glided around it. He began his... READ MORE

Live From RSA: Brad Smith Keynote – We Need a Cyber Geneva Convention

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
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When RSA’s Zulfikar Ramzan finished his keynote discussing technology’s “ripple effect,” Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, took the stage to talk about cyberspace as the new battlefield. He started by pointing out that – unlike when war shifted from land, to the sea, to the air – cyberspace is not physical. Yet the battle can still have... READ MORE

Live From RSA: Zulfikar Ramzan Keynote – Ripples and Technology

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
RSA 2017: Zulfikar Ramzan

Once John Lithgow left the stage, Zulfikar Ramzan, RSA’s CTO, took the stage to talk about business-driven security. He implored the security professionals in the room to not draw lines between departments, but instead create connections for better collaboration and enhanced security. Sounds a lot like DevOps. Ramzan then spoke a lot about how small events can create larger ripples that... READ MORE

Live From RSA Conference 2017 – The Power of Opportunity

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By Jessica Lavery February 15, 2017  | Security News
Veracode at RSA Conference 2017

It almost didn’t happen, but I made it to the RSA Conference. A series of unfortunately timed winter storms delayed/canceled flights, but I was able to make it out of Boston and to San Francisco only a day late – which meant I only missed the DevSecOps @ RSA Conference 2017 talks on Monday. And the big takeaway after my first day at the conference: it’s all about DevOps. If... READ MORE

How to Help Developers Accept and Embrace Security Testing

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By Jim Jastrzebski February 14, 2017  | Secure Development
Developers and Security Testing

In previous posts in this blog series, I've explained that AppSec teams should have empathy for developers as they go through the stages of grief after an unfavorable security assessment of their code. In this post, we wrap up by discussing how to get developers to move through the final two stages – from bargaining to acceptance. Bargaining: "We have a firewall that handles this.... READ MORE

A Developer’s Stages of Grief After a Failed Security Assessment

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By Jim Jastrzebski February 13, 2017  | Secure Development
Developer's Stages of Grief

After nearly 10 years as a security consultant, I've talked to thousands of developers about remediating security flaws in their code. It's not always an easy conversation, and developers have a wide range of emotional reactions, not all of them good. The fact is, developers are increasingly responsible for quality assurance and security testing of their code, tasks that didn’t used... READ MORE

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