Author Archives: Derek Weeks

2,600 Take Our “Achy Breaky Heartbleed” Survey


April 15, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
The affects of heartbleed on open source development survey

It turns out, our timing could not have been better. As bad fortune would have it, or perhaps it was luck, the Heartbleed bug was announced on April 7th and the notice went viral almost immediately. During that first week of April (pre-Heartbleed notice), we had over 1,500 participants in the survey. Post-heartbleed, we have had another 1,100+ participate.

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DevOps: The Last Great Hope for Application Security?


April 8, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
DevOps: The Last Great Hope of Application Security?

Once upon a time, there was a great battle between speed and security. Development wanted to go fast. But, security wanted to slow down and be safe. For years, they endured the pain of testing late in the lifecycle, sorting through reams of false positive reports, and dealing with the added cost of pushing bad software out the door. They knew there had to be a better way…

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2014 Open Source Development Survey: Making Results Matter


April 1, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
mindstorm

Want to win a programmable LEGO robot? Share your voice in this year’s survey. The real intent of the Open Source Development Survey is to SPARK DISCUSSION. Remember, it’s not the stats that count…it’s the value of the discussions that follow that make this survey so important. So take 5 minutes and take the survey. (it takes less than 5 minutes, we promise)

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An Open Discussion on Open Source Review Boards


March 17, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Bruce Mayhew on Open Source Review Boards

The recent FS-ISAC whitepaper, “Appropriate Software Security Control Types for Third Party Service and Product Providers”, reveals the majority of internal software applications created by financial services involve acquiring open source components and libraries to augment custom developed software. While open source code is freely available and reviewed by many independent developers, that review effort does not translate into all software components and libraries being free from risk.

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The Tipping Point: Human Speed vs. Machine Speed


March 5, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Component Downloads

What can the financial services industry learn from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? In this third segment of my blog series on open source component security as it relates to the recently updated Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) guidelines, I explore the need for speed: humans vs. machines.

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Secure From the Start: Combining Open Source Policies, Practice & Tools


February 26, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Securing from the Start

In short, open source security can’t be an after thought. Security isn’t only the responsibility of ‘security professionals’ but instead a shared responsibility for all parties involved in developing or managing an organization’s software supply chain. Better put in the FS-ISAC guidelines…

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Financial Services Organizations have Open Eyes on Open Source


February 20, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Open Eyes on Open Source

Let me open your eyes to a tidal wave of change that has already flooded the development organizations across Financial Services and other industries: “Software applications are no longer coded from scratch. They are assembled from building blocks — commonly known as open source components.” This is not a prediction about a tidal wave to […]

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AppSec / DevOps Survey: 63% Concerned with Open Source


February 5, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Devops Appsec

A sneak peek at interim results from the “Developers and Application Security: Who is Responsible?” 2014 survey are in, and there’s still time for you to participate. Here’s a little something for you to think about. Once upon a time, we used to develop our own software. But these days, we are developing 90% of […]

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FinSvcs Working Group (FS-ISAC) Takes on Open Source Components


December 2, 2013 By
Derek Weeks
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Applications are becoming the primary security threat vector. Since applications are constructed from 3rd party components, there continues to be a tremendous amount of industry effort and impetus behind managing open source components effectively. And now we can add the Financial Services / Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to the list.

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