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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.

The latest insights as of July 12, 2024:





Insight #1

Are we overburdening CISOs? According to CSO Online, the scope of responsibilities and titles held by CISOs has expanded significantly, with the title of “CISO” morphing into a dual title, appended by “and CIO,” or CTO, or VP of engineering, or head of product, or head of infrastructure. This begs the question: Is it time to reconsider the current model and distribute these duties? In my view, it is.

Insight #2

A critical vulnerability recently discovered in GitLab allowed any user to run pipelines as any other user, effectively bypassing access controls and enabling unauthorized execution of privileged pipelines. This poses a significant security risk, as underprivileged users could potentially gain elevated access and exploit sensitive information or resources. GitLab users are strongly advised to update their instances immediately to mitigate this risk.






Insight #3

While a recent ISC2 survey reveals that 82% of cybersecurity professionals believe AI will boost their job efficiency, a significant 69% are either uncertain or disagree that AI benefits them more than it does cyber attackers.


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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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