Embrace DevSecOps | ESM part 6

Concept of purple teaming is something I felt in love with many years ago when I was experimenting with various ways to make myself more effective. Everything has changed — in a good way — when I started embracing culture of collaboration where attackers and defenders work together to create best possible way of securing the products. We’re out…

Make security simple | ESM part 5

  Simplify it for them Security is often perceived as complex and cumbersome which makes engineers unwilling to work on it. In order to get things done you need to simplify and carefully explain your requirements. Strive to make it easier to build secure products because cheaper it is to add security, more likely it’ll get…

Outline SDLC/NDLC improvements | ESM part 4

  Make it clear that security is a cost like any other in SDLC Security shouldn’t be seen as “addition” to the product development. It’s a part of it like all other activities and can be counted as a part of Quality Assurance, because nowadays customers demand high quality products and safety is one of elements…

Build credibility and learn business language | ESM part 3

  Avoid confusion and FUD at all cost Credibility is something you’re building from the day one to the last day of your career. Even if you’re great industry expert, you still need to build your internal reputation from the ground up by working nicely with people in your organization. Crucial thing you need to learn…

Educate executives and middle-management first | ESM part 2

  Set common goals with management and executives It rarely happens that engineers themselves don’t want to build security into their products for no reason. The problem is that very often in startups and SMBs, middle management isn’t held responsible for product security, and the only thing they’re rewarded for is if the feature-rich product…

Guide into Effective Security Management

After 10+ years in IT and 5+ in InfoSec I’ve learnt that for security initiatives to be effective, security must one of the core values of corporate culture. Security professionals can’t achieve their greatness if they’re not being actively supported by all stakeholders across the entire organization and if other employees don’t feel ownership for…

Start small and early | ESM part 1

  Start small Take baby steps to show everyone in your company that security doesn’t need to be tangled and complex. If you show people that it takes 3 clicks to secure their computer more, their mindset will change and they’ll be eager to implement more of such hassle-free solutions. Do the things that have…