Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Pat Romanski, Shelly Palmer, Glenda Sims, Paul Simmons, APM Blog

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Agile Computing, @CloudExpo, Cloud Security

@DevOpsSummit: Blog Post

Make Security Part of Your Development Lifestyle | @DevOpsSummit #Cloud #DevOps #Security

It is my firm belief that developers today are not focused on security during periods of head-down development

It is my firm belief that developers today are not focused on security during periods of head-down development. I would love to know the percentage of web developers that know about the Open Web Application Security Project or OWASP. This non-profit organization is simply focused on the secure development of web applications. Their education and guidance is freely available to the public yet I do not read much about security in the public development circles, blogs, etc.

OWASP first published a book called the Code Review Guide in 2006. In 2006, I led a team on the development of a large web application for the administration of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for the state of Massachusetts. We were doing weekly code reviews and our focus was on best practice and quality development of the software. Quality code is secure code.

OWASP had noticed in their 2006 publication where organizations had implemented a proper code review function into their software development lifecycle (SDLC), they enjoyed remarkably better code from a security perspective. The team code review does not, however guarantee a security consideration or security focus on the architecture, designs, patterns, or methods being implemented. This consideration must come from the developers themselves.

Urgency
Throughout my career I have strived to create a sense of urgency where I have had the authority to bring about change in the organization. As a business owner, I receive about 10-15 whitepapers from various sources daily covering many IT subjects but most of these papers are communicating the need for more security in our IT infrastructures, products and services, on-premise or off. The education and intelligence of sorts is mostly marketing by organizations to provide security tools or consulting with the promise to make my business more secure. They are creating the sense of urgency here by using the psychology of fear in their publications.

Security of IT infrastructure, products, or services starts from within. Who creates these infrastructures, products, or service offerings? Your development staff, team, or group(s). They also define the level of security that protects your assets. We all need to create a sense of urgency across the entire IT department. And, it starts with you.

Culture
The culture of security is almost non-existent today. Early in my career the term DevOps did not exist. Network and development personnel were separated by the culture of the type of work they did. Networks administrators and help-desk employees protected everything. They opened and closed firewall ports. They enforced continual password changes. They required red-tape for employees that forgot those seriously secure passwords. They lived and operated within a culture of distrust. "Why do you need to change your password?", they asked. "You already have firewall access to port 80. Why do you need port 8080?", would be the question. They live a lifestyle of distrust. It seemed respectable at the time. Was the answer to security to choke the creativity of the development staff?

The development staff would operate within a culture of creativeness. If it can be done, we'll do it. The developers would figure out all the ways to bypass the in-place security practices and get the job done. In many cases, these practices were unknown to the software development manager or director. This culture still exists today within many organizations. DevOps is an attempt to place a trusted liaison between the distrusting network folks and those flip-flop-wearing, loose-cannon developers. It sounds promising. We now have a true mediating faction to resolve process conflicts between camps. Discrimination between the cultures will now be non-existent. This is not my belief.

Proposal
My proposal is a complement to DevOps. I propose we give the IT community one more acronym, and in this case, called SCALE or Security Consideration and Lifestyle Exchange. I'm going to hereafter refer to we as the shorts and flip-flops faction or software developers. We need to live a lifestyle of security consideration from now until eternity or until spoofing, tampering, repudiation, disclosure, denial of service, and elevation of privilege cease to exist, which ever comes first. The acronym SCALE was purposely spelled scale to help with conceptual thinking within this new lifestyle. If we don't always consider security vulnerabilities when we code, these inherent risks to the software, truly scale within the code-bases to which we commit. Much of the software written today is owned by an organization and not the individual developers. However, each developer needs to assume ownership of the code that she develops. And, we also need to exchange education about security as we do our code reviews and within any other discussions related to software development and security.

If you are a homeowner, you probably lock the doors at night. You take care of your home and you protect your investment. Your home is your shelter. It's safe and secure. I've had the mind-boggling opportunity to work with developers from around the world that assumed no ownership whatsoever of the code they were responsible for. That's ludicrous. This gives me the sense of urgency to correct this problem even though it's not my responsibility. It makes me want to add the bullet - accountable for the quality of your code to all these developer opportunities that ride the internet daily. Emails authored by senior talent recruiters and technical companies, that provide talent to our enterprises, and do not know what their clients really want in a software developer.

We need to consider security with every project start, code review, and subsequent release of the software. We should also do a threat model during the inception phase or just before we start development. We should do another threat model just before the first release and also discuss the model with each subsequent release. Security should be how we roll my friends. It should be our new lifestyle. Whether the code belongs to you or your employer, it should be the best that it can be. That depends on you solely.

Conclusion
I hope that you will add SCALE or Security Consideration and Lifestyle Exchange right next to the SDLC acronym in your minds. I also hope that you (we), the development community continue to move in this direction. Make the consideration of security part of your personal process. Think of it as a revolution. Don't rush the quality of your work. And, by all means, have it code reviewed. If you cheat yourself on testing code coverage, at least let a cube-mate look at it when you're done.Be a listener and learn from your seniors. Know that when you SCALE, your work doesn't add to the increasing risk of security vulnerabilities with the growth of your software repositories.

More Stories By David L. Whitehurst

David L. Whitehurst is Enterprise architect and Open-Source development expert. He has designed, implemented, and integrated enterprise IT systems, desktop applications, web applications, web services and maintained/tuned system infrastructures. David’s goal now is to further the use of continuous improvement practices where needed and to improve the continuing adoption and security of enterprise cloud-hosted infrastructure.

His IT career has spanned over 3 decades, and he has been exposed to broad business verticals or subject domains. He has worked on the engineering of nuclear submarines and has been responsible for the development of financial web service operations for a major bank. David leads his team or development staff by example. He gets it done. He has recently acquired the MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration and API Associate license.

@ThingsExpo Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.