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John Steven

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John Steven is a former senior director at Synopsys. His expertise runs the gamut of software security—from threat modeling and architectural risk analysis to static analysis and security testing. He has led the design and development of business-critical production applications for large organizations in a range of industries. After joining Synopsys as a security researcher in 1998, John provided strategic direction and built security groups for many multinational corporations, including Coke, EMC, Qualcomm, Marriott, and FINRA. His keen interest in automation contributed to keeping Synopsys technology at the cutting edge. He has served as co-editor of the Building Security In department of IEEE Security & Privacy magazine and as the leader of the Northern Virginia OWASP chapter. John speaks regularly at conferences and trade shows.


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What’s the difference between agile, CI/CD, and DevOps?

While Agile, CI/CD, and DevOps are different, they support one another. Agile focuses on the development process, CI/CD on practices, and DevOps on culture.

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OWASP Top 10 2017: But is it fixed?

Months back, I called outright for the removal of “A7: Insufficient Attack Protection” from the OWASP Top 10. The OWASP Top 10 team recently published a second release candidate (RC2) for OWASP Top 10 2017—and A7, which was in RC1, is conspicuously absent. So is the Top 10 fixed?

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OWASP Top 10—A7: Request for removal and replacement

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A sea change in pop culture’s understanding of security

Something special happened on Thursday that is very easily overlooked. Marketplace, an American Public Media program making economics accessible to normal folk, ran a story on how kids start honing their cyber security skills early. The angle: future jobs. A good angle considering we’re all short on staff these days.

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How to align security responsibilities with development frameworks

Learn how to align security controls with the functional elements of a development framework to improve software security, using MVC as an example.

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Book review: Reading Shostack’s ‘Threat Modeling’

John Steven reviews Adam Shostack’s threat modeling book and provides a reader’s guide to the good and the bad for security practitioners. 

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SHA2 ‘vs.’ SHA1

We briefly compare SHA2 vs. SHA1 to answer whether SHA2 functions are ‘more secure’ than SHA1 and whether you can use SHA2 alone to secure passwords.

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Touch ID: Yea or nay?

Is Touch ID all it’s cracked up to be? We explore the vulnerabilities of Touch ID, biometrics, and password security, including general considerations.

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Mobile: Different or same sh*t different day?

Is mobile security the “same problem” as web application security? Is it just “different day”? I’ve watched organizations and mobile thought leaders argue perspectives on this question back and forth for years. The answer is, of course, both. Mobile security inherits previous problems and solutions while bringing its own unique ones. Let’s get specific about what’s different and why. I’ll break things down as usual: threats, attack surfaces, vectors, impacts, and then controls. Summarizing:

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Threats threatening with threats

By now, everyone has heard of the Mandiant report. Many of you have taken the time to read it. This report and the discussion it generated refers to ‘threat’ so frequently that it’s worth discussing how its use of the word differs from what you commonly see here.

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