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How Open Source Is Democratizing Technology

Many of the software products that everyone uses are open source. The Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, and a large number of software development systems are all open-source software. Their being open source is one of the reasons they’re so widely used. They’re more stable, more accessible to public view, and more trusted than they would be as unpublished proprietary code.

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DevSecOps: Building a Culture of Responsibility for Network Security

If nothing else, the recent hack of Equifax that compromised approximately 143 million American credit records is a signal that even our most trusted networks are vulnerable.

However, security breaches are almost always the result of an exploitation of a simple vulnerability. The best firewalls in the world can’t stand up to valid credentials. In fact, there is emerging evidence that perhaps the Equifax breach was the result of an easy-to-guess password.

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Top 5 Security Mistakes When Developing Applications In Swift

Application security is no longer an afterthought. Developers now prioritize security due to the exponential risk of cybercrime. Developers need to pay more attention to security as it is a crucial aspect of app development. Using application security solutions like Kiuwan ensures that vulnerabilities can be identified and resolved in good time. Popular solutions like Static Application Security Testing (SAST) simultaneously used with Source Code Analysis (SCA) ensures that commonly found vulnerabilities are identified for a secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Comprehensive integration for web and mobile applications in Swift allows individual developers as well as leading application development organizations to abate sophisticated malware. SCA is the most efficient and comprehensive means of identifying loopholes, ensuring that applications are protected. Every IT organization should have SAST as a mandatory requirement for the development and production of applications.

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6 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

Cybercrime is an ever-evolving world of constant change as cybercriminals continue to develop increasingly dangerous and sophisticated attacks. In particular, data breaches plagued dozens of well-known organizations around the world in 2018, with the single largest attack affecting marketing firm Exactis. Fortunately, while the tactics used by cybercriminals are constantly changing, the field of cybersecurity is also constantly evolving to meet the challenges posed by the latest cyber threats. This means that 2019 and 2020 will likely represent a time of continual change for the field of cybersecurity, which can make it difficult to know what we can expect to happen in the coming months. However, based on current trends, we can make predictions about likely events and trends that will take place in cybersecurity in the coming year. Here are 6 predictions for trends and activities we believe will take place in the cybersecurity landscape in 2019.

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5 Reasons Why Open Source is Good for Your Company

Open source software is good for your business since it allows you the freedom to modify it, so it meets all your company requirements. Aside from excellent security, the software is also cost effective since you don’t have to worry about overpaying to use readily available software. Security tools like Kiuwan ensure that open source software and applications built on them are secure and fully-functional. Below are five main benefits of open source solutions.

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The Benefits of a DevSecOps Approach to the SDLC

As IT security frictions grow and increased regulation consistently looms on the horizon, businesses need a change. Traditional security practices simply don’t work in today’s rapid development environment. To keep pace with competitors, you have to push out apps faster and more aggressively, while attempting to increase collaboration throughout your entire cycle. This DevOps approach to the software development life cycle (SDLC) has become the answer to the speed and scale needed to succeed in today’s environment. But, what about security?

DevSecOps involves baking security into the DevOps practice. To be clear, DevSecOps isn’t a tool or a strategy or a process; it’s a marriage of all three. Instead of simply handing off security elements to a security team at the end of the dev lifecycle, DevSecOps involves hinging security to the entire app framework by introducing it early, collaboratively, and rapidly.

Why is this important?

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How to Implement DevSecOps with Your Team

DevOps has been a revolution in software development. It brings together software creation, deployment, and management into a single process. Development and operations may become a single team; if not, the teams work very closely together. The benefit is better control over the software release cycle and faster updates.

At the same time, there has been a growing recognition that security needs to be an integral part of the development process. Writing code and then figuring out how to make it secure doesn’t accomplish its goal as well, and it takes longer. The combination of these trends has spawned a new term, DevSecOps.

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How Much Does a Data Breach Cost?

Cybersecurity often seems like an expensive proposition to many companies. There are annual evaluations to make sure you’re maintaining compliance, expensive programs to put in place, and extensive measures that have to be taken in order to provide true protection to your business. What you should be asking yourself, however, is not what the cost of your protections will be, but rather what a data breach has the potential to cost your business. How much does a data breach really cost?

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Understanding Open Source Licensing

Open source licensing isn’t very complicated as license agreements go. Even so, some people find it confusing, and businesses need to pay close attention to how the licenses work. Making a mistake in one direction can result in legal action. Erring in the other direction can keep a business from doing useful things which are entirely legal.

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How to Succeed as an Open Source Developer: From Education to Contributor

Working in the open source industry is a very rewarding career move, especially since the future of it looks bright. With statistics showing more companies are going to rely on open source applications in the future to save money buying commercial products, job openings will become tremendous.

What’s important is to find a strategy to get yourself involved in this rewarding career and community. It’s really more the latter since you’ll be working with fellow developers to create top-notch software. At the same time, you’ll be working together to improve your software and other applications through open-source forums.

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Five benefits of using Static Application Securites Testing (SAST) along with Other Security Solutions

SAST (also called “white box testing) is the basic form of security testing for application development. It involved the hard work of examining the actual un-compiled application source code to see if and where security vulnerabilities exist. This form of security testing is from the inside-out. According to Gartner, SAST should be a mandatory requirement for all application development. Gartner notes that 80 percent of attacks are aimed at the application layer. SAST analysis is one of the best ways to ensure application security.

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The Worst AppSec Mistakes

Application security people, like anyone else, can make mistakes. Hasty actions and bad assumptions lead to a less complete discovery of flaws — or to outright disaster. In the worst case, A clumsy attempt to discover security problems can itself cause a breach.

Attention to good practices will mean better security analysis and safer releases. Here are some of the errors that AppSec teams should be aware of and do their best to avoid.

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