Suzanne Ciccone

Suzanne is part of the content team at Veracode, working to create resources that shed light on AppSec problems and solutions. 
Posts by Suzanne Ciccone

DevSecOps Challenges From a Security Perspective

December 6, 2019

The transition from DevOps to DevSecOps requires security professionals to have a whole new understanding of development processes, priorities, tools, and painpoints. It’s no longer feasible for security professionals to get by with a superficial understanding of how developers work. But this understanding can be a significant undertaking for most security pros who haven’t had to be immersed in... READ MORE

Using Benchmarks to Make the Case for AppSec

November 15, 2019

In a recent Veracode webinar on the subject of making the business case for AppSec, Colin Domoney, DevSecOps consultant, introduced the idea of using benchmarking to rally the troops around your AppSec cause. He says, “What you can do is you can show where your organization sits relative to other organizations and then your peers. If you're lagging, that's probably a good reason to further invest... READ MORE

State of Software Security v10: Top 5 Takeaways for Security Professionals

November 12, 2019

It’s the 10th anniversary of our State of Software Security (SOSS) report! This year, like every year, we dug into our data from a recent 12-month period (this year we analyzed 85,000 applications, 1.4 million scans, and nearly 10 million security findings), but we also took a look back at 10 years of software security. With a decade’s worth of analysis about software vulnerabilities and the best... READ MORE

Announcing the 10th Volume of our State of Software Security Report

October 22, 2019  | Managing AppSec

Today marks a big milestone for Veracode, and for the application security industry – we’re releasing the 10th volume of our State of Software Security (SOSS) report. 10 SOSS reports and 80,000+ apps later, we’ve accumulated a lot of data, and a lot of insights, about application security trends and best practices. This year, we took a look back at the AppSec picture over the past 10 years, and... READ MORE

Beyond Testing: The Human Element of Application Security

October 15, 2019

Companies of every size and in every industry are changing the world with software. From healthcare to agriculture, education, and manufacturing, software is enabling unprecedented advancement and innovation. But if that software is insecure, these innovations may get held up, or worse, put us at risk. And this is a very real concern; our most recent State of Software Security report found that... READ MORE

Making the Case for AppSec? Break Down Your Budget

October 10, 2019

The bottom line on corporate decision-making comes down to the bottom line. It’s critical to demonstrate value for any new or expanded initiative. Fall short, and your odds of success are greatly diminished. How do you build the financial case for more robust AppSec, when the focus is on the impact to the bottom line? The key is understanding how to effectively design and present a budget that... READ MORE

Know Your Audience to Make the Case for AppSec

September 26, 2019

Selling senior-level executives on any new concept can often feel like a trek up a mountain with a 60-pound pack on your back. So, how can you take your application security program to a new and better level with less effort? You focus on what’s really important: getting the right message to the right audience in a language they speak and connect with. Because when people hear things in terms... READ MORE

Why Are Schools Increasingly Targeted by Cyberattackers?

September 12, 2019

Schools, including universities, are increasingly becoming cyberattack targets. Just this month, the Monroe-Woodbury school district in Orange County, NY had to delay the start of school due to cyberattacks. And this incident was only one of a handful of cyberattacks on New York state school districts this summer. One school system, Rockville Centre in Nassau County, paid a cyberattacker $88,000... READ MORE

Key Ways to Make the Case for AppSec Budget

August 15, 2019

Security departments are juggling a multitude of security initiatives, and each is competing for a slice of one budget. How do you make the case that AppSec deserves a slice of that budget pie, or a bigger slice, or even to make the pie bigger? Here are a few key ways: Find a compelling event The most obvious compelling event, of course, is a breach, but there are other events that will compel... READ MORE

Key Considerations for Secure Coding Training

July 31, 2019

Developer training has an essential role in reducing code vulnerabilities and avoiding a breach. Effective application security requires both locating security-related defects, and fixing them. But developers simply aren’t equipped with the knowledge or skills they need to fix these flaws. Veracode recently sponsored the 2017 DevSecOps Global Skills Survey from DevOps.com, and found... READ MORE

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