Author Archives: Derek Weeks

About Derek Weeks

Derek joined Sonatype in 2014 as their VP Product Marketing. He believes we need to set a new standard for creating trusted applications at the speed of development and securing the software supply chain. He also believes the key to this solution lies within automation, education, and perseverance. In the world of applications, he believe that as long as there is enough prey, there will be predators, and he is hoping to help organizations build the greatest level of sustainable defense practices.

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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What’s Happening in the Land of Open Source Components


November 27, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

We continue to see exponential growth in requests from the Central Repository. In fact, there were 8 Billion requests in 2012 – and it is looking like this year will total up to 13 Billion requests.Given these trends, the time seemed right for a series of blog posts that address recent activity in the area of open source governance and security

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Component-Capable Release Management is Key to DevOps


November 18, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

Part 3  —   Part 4 Component-Capable Release Management is Key to DevOps  – Part 5 Up Next  DevOps conversations are dominated by release management and production deployment. These are the primary topics at the DevOps conferences that we have attended in Atlanta, New York, Vancouver, Portland, Barcelona and London. This concerns me at some […]

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PCI 3.0 – Secure Payment Requires Secure Components


November 14, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

Well there is nothing like an updated specification that drives action or interest in a topic. We’re seeing that with the introduction of PCI 3.0. While there are several key updates to the specification, the one I find most interesting reflects the reality of how applications are constructed today – from components. It’s great to […]

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