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

AppSec Managers Should Have Empathy for Developers

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By Jim Jastrzebski February 10, 2017  | Secure Development
Empathy for developers

Developers don't always respond well to security assessments that highlight flaws in their code. With a little bit of empathy, it's not hard to understand why developers might react with frustration, annoyance, or even hostility. Security testing should be a dispassionate and routine part of the software development lifecycle – application security professionals will tell you it... READ MORE

How About Some Shared Security Responsibility For Developers?

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By Evan Schuman February 9, 2017  | Security News
Developers need their fair share of code security responsibility.

With the New Year unfolding, 'tis the season to be reminded that app security has not yet arrived at the optimal state. Consider this piece from Kaspersky's Threatpost pointing out how re-used third-party libraries perpetuate security holes long after they have been discovered. For 2017, the industry needs a change in approach. AppSec is certainly getting better, but enterprise security... READ MORE

How important is it to stay on top of the quickly evolving landscape of application security and application layer risk?

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By Suzanne Ciccone February 9, 2017  | Managing AppSec

In a word, very. You simply cannot secure your application layer without being one step ahead of application security threats and solutions. The problem is that it’s almost impossible to keep up in the face of the current security skills shortage. In a report titled, “Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market,” the RAND Corporation states that: “It... READ MORE

How DevOps Won the Super Bowl

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By Mitch Horton February 8, 2017  | Secure Development
DevOps in the Super Bowl

I wasn't able to enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday night as I was flying home from a family funeral. I did get some updates from fellow passengers, and even though the Atlanta fans were celebrating a big lead early and the New England fans were fearing an embarrassing defeat, I knew the game would be a fight to the finish. In case you didn't see it (or if you aren't a big NFL football... READ MORE

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