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Why financial institutions are leading the charge to upskill their developers in secure coding

28th September 2018

Last week, Secure Code Warrior delivered a webinar on a very interesting evolution we have observed: the rising innovation and leadership of financial institutions in upskilling their developers on secure coding.

Around the globe, companies are transforming. With a heavy focus on digital-first business, it is fair to say that most organizations are, in fact, software companies. Large enterprises count huge development teams among their staff, tasked with constant feature development and deployment in an agile DevOps environment. This feature delivery must keep up with the pace of innovation and customer expectations, so all too often, security is seen as a roadblock rather than a necessity. However, with our reliance on software at an all-time high (and subsequently our exposure to potential cybersecurity breaches and risks), this scenario cannot continue.

Security teams are not getting any bigger, and even if they could, the expertise is in short supply. Ratios of 1:100+ are simply not enough; proprietary security experts cannot be seen as the only solution to countering the cyber threat problem.

Our webinar, presented by Secure Code Warrior’s Director (Americas) Stephen Allor and Russ Wolfe, Dean of Cybersecurity at Capital One, goes in-depth on the current issues facing DevOps, and what financial institutions like Capital One are doing to engage and upskill their development teams on secure coding, effectively fostering a positive security culture and successfully ‘shifting left’.

You will discover:

  • If you are a victim of the security knowledge ‘black hole’
  • Why security was more robust decades ago, versus now
  • The traditional attitude towards AppSec as the compliance “checkbox”, and why this is superficial at best
  • The reason why quality assessments for applications must include security as part of the benchmark; an insecure application cannot be considered high-quality, no matter its design or features
  • Why the industry has not built software security into the mindset and culture of the average developer (and why this must change)
  • How the lack of shared secure coding skill keeps the same vulnerabilities appearing time and time again
  • Why application scanning tools will not find every vulnerability, and why avoiding them by utilizing sufficiently trained secure engineers/developers is a more viable tactic
  • The issue of growing vulnerabilities in software and their root cause
  • Why the approach, not the student, needs to change in order for real risk mitigation to occur
  • Why most security education does not play to developer strengths, and the kind of training they do need to excel
  • The reasons software engineering compliance and build expectations fall behind other branches of engineering, and how we are pioneering the solution to that
  • How Russ Wolfe and his team at Capital One has designed a certification program around fun, gamified training that keeps developers engaged, learning with real-world source code and achieving benchmarks in security best practice
  • How this certification program fosters participation, information retention and continued learning
  • How incentives help developers move through training tiers, upskilling quickly and in-line with key security policy
  • How assessments help identify security champions and drive training engagement.

Watch our webinar now, on-demand, and discover the benefits of shifting left and empowering developers with the tools and knowledge to code securely from the start, with a focus on positive security practices.

Discover what financial institutions like Capital One are doing to engage and upskill their development teams on secure coding, effectively fostering a positive security culture and successfully ‘shifting left’

Catie is the resident word nerd. She specializes in digital copywriting and video production, with a keen interest in world-changing tech.

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