Tag Archives: application security

Talking Turkey in Texas: Open Source Governance Lags


November 25, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
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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 […]

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CIO.com: Helping Developers Reduce Open Source Risk


November 17, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
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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 […]

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Nigel’s Wake-up Call: Scaling Open Source Governance


November 3, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
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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” […]

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Who is Nigel Simpson? (Lessons of Open Source Governance)


October 28, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Who is Nigel Simpson?

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 […]

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The Two-Minute Open Source Risk Assessment


October 21, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
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In two minutes, we can show you if there are any open source risks within your Java application.  And it’s free. That’s right, at Sonatype, we could not be more in favor of the code reuse that occurs millions of times a day thanks to the availability of open source and third-party components.  At the […]

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Bash 2014 – This Is Not a Party


September 25, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
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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).

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What Happened Sept 16th?


September 23, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
OWASP Board

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.

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Skeleton Key


September 19, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Skeleton Key

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.

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11,000 Voices


September 16, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Appsec Panel

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?

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Time for Full Open Source Disclosure


September 12, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Gartner Full Disclosure

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.

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