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Jeff Williams, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Jeff brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Contrast. Previously, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Aspect Security, a successful and innovative application security consulting company acquired by Ernst & Young. Jeff is also a founder and major contributor to OWASP, where he served as the Chair of the OWASP Board for 8 years.

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With Only a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Security Vulnerability!

Did you know that most security vulnerabilities are simply the result of failing to use the right security control in the right place?

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International hacks, politics and knee-jerk cybersecurity - never a good mix

The FBI is now leading an investigation into a hack into the Democratic National Committee. This is the first acknowledgment from the agency that they are probing the incident, which US officials suspect came from a Russian cyberattack. The FBI said..

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Hacked... Because of an Insecure Library

This morning, ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker reported a hacker has targeted the official forum for the mobile game Clash of Kings, stealing nearly 1.6 million accounts. According to the piece, the hacker exploited a known weakness in the forum’s..

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The True Cost of "False Positives" in Application Security

Remember the story of the boy who cried wolf?  His pranks were "false alarms" - defined as "a mistaken or intentionally misleading alert that something is wrong and needs attention."  False alarms from application security tools are certainly..

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Security Fail in Pokémon Go

As you may have heard, some Pokémon Go players may have given the game’s developers access to everything on their Google account – including documents, photos, email messages, search history and items stored their cloud.
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Contrast releases new open source integrations to transform DevOps into DevSecOps

Contrast is tailor-made for powering appsec in devops organizations. It's instant, accurate, powerful, and scalable. It installs and runs exactly like New Relic or AppDynamics, but for security not performance.  If you've licensed Contrast and..

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Third category of application security tools beyond "static" and "dynamic"?

Recently, Clark Coleman asked a very logical question about application security tools.

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Waiter… there’s a fly in my appsec tool soup!!!

Brace yourself. Recent advances in application security are about to spawn an onslaught of application security tool vendors who think you absolutely must have their "complete" solution to protect your applications.

They want to sell you the old..

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How to Get Started in Application Security

My OWASP Cheat Sheet for Cross-site Scripting (XSS) just passed 1M views, and I'm proud of that. It ain't Shakespeare, so that means a lot of people are actually interested in knocking out XSS.

Making application security accessible and..

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Point of View: Congress Ironically Hacks CISA into "Must Pass" Omnibus Spending Bill -- Destroys Privacy

The most recent omnibus spending bill now includes the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.  This bill provides broad protection to companies that share loosely defined "cybersecurity" information with government, even disallowing FOIA..

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