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CISO Thoughts with
David Lindner

Contrast Security CISO David Lindner provides his top three weekly insights for CISOs, developers, and the security community here. These are updated every Friday so be sure to check back for the latest news on what's top of mind in AppSec and DevSecOps.

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The latest insights as of October 7, 2022:

 

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Insight #1

"Detecting and reporting phishing is very important for any organization. The easiest way for users to detect phishing is to slow down, ask yourself if you expected the message you received, ask yourself if the email or request is out of the ordinary, and reach out to the sending party through another means like a phone call. Once detected as phishing report it to your security teams for analysis and to make sure others in your org have not been hit."

Insight #2

"More vulnerabilities in On-Prem Exchange were released this past week. Once again, these discovered vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild, and consumers of the on-prem software are trying to figure out how to prevent exploits while trying to upgrade. Moving from on-prem to a SaaS may increase your security posture, and it’s time we take a hard look at it."

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Insight #3

"The recent OMB 22-18 requires all government agencies to request self-attestations about the security posture of the software they consume. These self-attestation forms should be provided by the agency, but it’s time for those software organizations selling to the government to start preparing their internal teams to respond to these requests."
 

 

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David Lindner

Chief Information Security Officer, Contrast Security

David is an experienced application security professional with over 20 years in cybersecurity. In addition to serving as the chief information security officer, David leads the Contrast Labs team that is focused on analyzing threat intelligence to help enterprise clients develop more proactive approaches to their application security programs. Throughout his career, David has worked within multiple disciplines in the security field—from application development to network architecture design and support, to IT security and consulting, to security training, to application security. Over the past decade, David has specialized in all things related to mobile applications and securing them. He has worked with many clients across industry sectors, including financial, government, automobile, healthcare, and retail. David is an active participant in numerous bug bounty programs.

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