Cloud Security Alliance and SAFECode Develop Training for Improved Software Security Using Cloud and DevOps Practices
Software assurance is one of the most important and possibly one of the least understood areas of software development today. Software assurance is a comprehensive process that encompasses a set of design, coding and testing methods for ensuring that software functions as intended without introducing vulnerabilities, malicious code or defects that can bring harm to the end user. This approach is especially important in the cloud because increasingly the tools for developing applications are coming from cloud providers. The architecture for applications is changing rapidly and requires developers to understand the risks and vulnerabilities when developing applications in the cloud environment.
As we continue to see vulnerabilities within applications that lead to exploitation and theft of data, there exists a lack of acknowledgement in how to properly define and address these issues. With increased expectations on reducing time to market, development teams are pressured to work in sprint cycles using agile methodology thinking. New feature development is put first and developing secure code can become an afterthought.
While individual companies do implement effective methods for developing and delivering more secure and reliable software, except for a small number of organizations such as Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), there have been limited coordinated, industry-led efforts to build upon this positive work and promote best practices to advance software assurance more broadly, especially in cloud technology.
Inaugural Developer Day Planned for Sept. 12
The inaugural Developer Day event launched by the Cloud Security Alliance and SAFECode is a workshop developed to address these issues by educating software professionals on the challenges of improving software security using cloud and DevOps practices. A unique curriculum was developed by CSA and SAFECode to address the challenge of improved security using cloud and DevOps practices. The event is free but pre-registration is encouraged:
WHAT: SAFECode/CSA Developer Day
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 12; 1-6 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Adobe Systems Incorporated Corporate Headquarters
345 Park Avenue, San Jose, California
Park Room, East Tower
Event Fee: Free
Developers play a critical role in secure software assurance, and in today’s IT landscape, this role has never been more important. The application of effective software assurance methods is a proven way of enhancing and preserving trust and reliability of software.
A Practical Primer on Software Assurance
The half-day Developer Day event provides software developers with an important general primer on the core principles and applications of software assurance, and how to build in security utilizing cloud and DevOps practices. Attendees also will be provided with insight on state-of-the-art software assurance trends and learn how they can deepen their knowledge of software assurance. The event agenda includes three sessions:
- SAFECode: Driving Software Assurance among Software Professionals
- Fundamental Practices for Software Assurance
- CSA: Cloud + Dev = Security Awesome
- Putting Theory into Practice: Software Assurance Case Studies
SAFECode and CSA created the Developer Day with two goals in mind. The first was to share recent developments and trends in the practice of software assurance across a number of different domains. The second was to demonstrate the top ways to combine development practices such as DevOps with cloud deployments to increase security without slowing things down.
Online Software Assurance Training Available
If you can’t make Developer Day, SAFECode and CSA also recently launched a jointly developed free, online, on-demand cloud security training program called, “Basic Practices for Service Development of Cloud Applications.” The two-part training program teaches students about different cloud models as well as basic practices and aspects of secure development of cloud applications. It is part of a broader security engineering curriculum made available for free by SAFECode.
About the Author / John Yeoh
John Yeoh is the Senior Research Analyst for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) working within industry working groups, SDOs and strategic relationships in the development of cloud security standards, tools and solutions and strategy development. With over 15 years in research, John has authored reports on IT, cybersecurity, cloud and new technologies. His thought leadership has been presented in SC Magazine, USA today, Information Week and others, and he currently sits on numerous technology committees in government and industry. John’s graduate studies include Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Southern California with undergraduate work at Eastern Washington University and University of Washington. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.