Help me, help you
Kane Cutler, Sage UKCyber
"Talk is to focus on the spirit of collaboration (as per the focus of this conference) by discussing security being seen as enablers, rather than the out dated view of being a blocker (or the ‘fun police’ as I’ve heard during my career).
The general aim of the talk is to introduce ideas based on my experience about how developers etc can help position security teams as enablers and use them like you would any other product delivery resource.
I intend to do this by focusing on a few key areas:
People and attitude are the most important - building a team and network of people that you trust, that work hard, have a passion for security and (most importantly) are open to new / creative ideas. The rest will generally fall into place.
Shifting security to the left - setting up projects with a DevOps mindset. The goal here being that security know what's going on from the design / concept stages allowing support from the outset, thus resulting in huge longer terms efficiency.
Fostering an environment of openness and a network of support across the organisation.
Remembering we're all working towards a common goal of building great applications which are fit for purpose in the modern world.
Understanding security risks in a business context e.g. we can't fix everything, so we need to understand what is a priority. We also need to appreciate that features and UX requirements carry business risk so as security professionals we need to factor that in to help project managers prioritise backlog items (rather than being blinkered to security issues).
Security professionals are humans too. On the serious side of this though I'd aim to touch upon soft skills being key to successfully applying security controls in a modern development environment – something which can be overlooked on occasion."
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