DevSecOps with Edward Thomson

DevSecOps emphasizes moving security out of a siloed audit process and distributing security practices throughout the software supply chain.

In the past, software development usually followed a waterfall development process. Each step in building software was serialized, one after another. First, software was planned. Then it was built. Then it was tested. Finally, the software received a security audit at the end. If a security vulnerability was not discovered during that audit, it was likely that the software would be released with the vulnerability.

With continuous delivery, we can be continuously checking for security. Every new release can be tested against a battery of automated security tests. The open source libraries we use can be scanned to make sure they are up-to-date with patched versions. Static analysis can discover memory leaks and buffer overrun vulnerabilities.

Edward Thomson is the principal program manager for Azure DevOps at Microsoft. He joins the show to talk about how an organization can adopt DevSecOps and introduce security practices into continuous delivery pipelines. We also talk more philosophically about security–defining the most common security risks of a software company today, from “shadow IT infrastructure” to phishing. Full disclosure: Microsoft is a sponsor of Software Engineering Daily.


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