Deep in the heart of Texas, I was leading a panel discussion at the Lone Star Application Security Conference (LASCON) a few weeks ago. The panel was “talking turkey” the importance of application security and open source software development, when the conversation led to a discussion about software supply chains. One of the panelists remarked […]
Last week, CIO.com shared a story of an inflection point in application security. Lucian Constantin discussed how there needs to be a shift from manual open source risk analysis to more automated approaches. His article stated, “The notion of using manual audits, manual approvals and traditional governance to deal with that level of [open source […]
The Wake-up Call They had downloaded over 200,000 open source components in the past year. And their open source policy…the one established to protect against license risks and security vulnerabilities? It covered about 3% of them. This is how Nigel Simpson, Director of Architecture at a major media and entertainment company, described his organization’s “huge” […]
If you are in the midst of creating (or even planning to implement) an Open Source Governance Policy for your organization, then you’ll want to get to know Nigel Simpson. Nigel has been leading an enterprise-wide working group with over 40 members — at a really big entertainment and media company — to define his […]
Major enterprises are embracing DevOps. The DevOps Enterprise Summit is bringing together top practitioners who are leading DevOps transformations in large, complex organizations. It is a three-day conference on October 21-23, where leaders share their lessons learned, spanning culture, technology and leadership.Speakers include leaders from Disney, Macy’s, Blackboard, Barclays, Nordstrom, Target, Microsoft, Ticketmaster, Salesforce.com, UK.gov, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and more.
I can honestly say that although referred to by the media as Shellshocked, I am neither shocked nor awed. I can’t say that I am a fan of the latest glorification of bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock in a fashion similar to tropical storms, but if it gets more people to pay attention to the exponential growth of our reliance on software I can’t say I am too worked up about it either. One thing that is unarguable is that this just happens to be the latest (and if you are reading this before you have patched stop right now, patch, and then come back to finish).
We led an invasion last week armed with a flying drone, glowing lightsabers, and the latest knowledge on open source security vulnerabilities. Our mission? Lead, share, educate, moderate, and have some fun. Our coordinates? This year’s AppSecUSA 2014 event in Denver, Colorado. If you were there, you couldn’t miss us. If you weren’t there, don’t fret…they caught the entire thing on video.
A skeleton key is capable of opening any lock regardless of make or type. Do you know anyone who has one? I do. Lots of them. At the HP Protect conference last week in Washington DC, the theme of their conference was “think like a bad guy”. They introduced us to known hackers, their approaches to infiltrating organizations, and the trends in their behaviors. They also introduced us to the people who hunted down the hackers and successfully captured them.
This week, I will be attending AppSec USA in Denver with the rest of our Sonatype crew. While it will be my first time attending the event, I am really excited to be leading a panel discussion at the event this Thursday. If you will be at the event, please come by the session or the Sonatype booth (G10) and say hello. So what’s the panel discussion about?
We are not the first industry to face this challenge. But many are convinced our problem is much smaller than it really is or that it does not exist. They simply ignore it. Or choose to do nothing about it. Meanwhile, the problem is multiplying like rabbits. The challenge lies within our software. Within the quality of its supply chain, within our collective ability to maintain its health, and within our ability to establish easy (yes, I said easy) paths to ban rampant, yet avoidable risks.