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The Cybersecurity Guardians: Meet the Top 30 cybersecurity Influencers to Follow in 2024

Naomi Buckwalter is an accomplished Information Security Leader, Nonprofit Director, Keynote Speaker, and LinkedIn Learning Instructor. With extensive experience in directing information security programmes, she has notably served as Director of Product Security at Contrast Security and Director of Information Security & IT at Beam Dental. Buckwalter’s expertise encompasses compliance, risk management, and security operations.

She is also the Founder & Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Gatebreakers Foundation, aiming to revolutionise cybersecurity hiring practices. With a background in computer science and over 99K followers on LinkedIn, she is recognised for her contributions as a cybersecurity thought leader and advocate for diversity in tech.

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Backlogs at National Vulnerability Database prompt action from NIST and CISA

A big contributor to the NVD backlog is the flood of vulnerabilities reported to the repository — more than 100 per day in 2024, according to David Lindner, CISO of Contrast Security, a maker of self-protecting software solutions.

While a consortium could bring valuable resources and expertise, potentially speeding up analysis and reporting, it could also introduce politicization and commercialization to the project, Lindner says.


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Why Developers Will Take Charge of Security, Tests in Prod

Developers will “eat” the IT security function, predicted Larry Maccherone, who works as the Dev[Sec]Ops transformation architect for security automation platform Contrast Security and made headlines as the author of the DevSecOps Manifesto. It’s inevitable, he argued. And as if that’s not shocking enough, testing in production should become the norm, he added.

It may sound crazy, and the InfoBip audience of primarily new programmers seemed hesitant to embrace the idea. Nonetheless, Maccherone laid out his case at an InfoBip Shift workshop in Miami last month.

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This report reveals the top attack vectors & cyber trends now facing global financial sector lenders and evolving cybersecurity strategies they're using to fight back. 

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The Runtime Security leader advocates for increased transparency within the cybersecurity space and focuses on improving data privacy practices

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'Best in Show' in Software Development

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Contrast Security’s Developer Portal Named a DevPortal Awards 2022 Finalist for Best Onboarding

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Contrast Security Makes Its Debut on the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

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