Security Influencers provides real-world insight and “in-the-trenches” experiences on topics ranging from software application security to DevOps and cloud security.


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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Interview: Gene Kim, Former CTO of Tripwire

In this interview, we have the pleasure of talking with Gene Kim. Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written three books, including "The Visible Ops Handbook" and "..

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Why Do I Need Another Application Security Tool?

If you’re like most organizations, you’ve got an array of application security tools.  Some of them are probably used a lot, some are incredibly irritating, some never seem to work, and some are shelfware.  You’ve probably got a mix of open..

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Interview: Bradley Schaufenbuel, Director of IS at Midland States Bank

In this interview, we're talking with Bradley Schaufenbuel. Brad is currently the Director of Information Security at Midland States Bank and held security leadership positions at many leading financial institutions.  

Bradley is the author of..

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Securing .NET Applications

Microsoft .NET applications can be just as vulnerable to attack as other apps.  As with any other development platform, developers are often focused more on business functionality than about making sure their applications protect the data with..

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Interview: Alex Hutton, Director of IS at Too Big to Fail Bank

In this episode of the Security Influencers Channel, Jeff Williams interviews Alex Hutton, the director of information security at Too Big to Fail Bank.

Alex was previously employed by Verizon, where he worked on modeling risk and contributing..

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Don’t Panic: Insecure Libraries Are Not the Apocalypse

The use of open source software has more than doubled from 6 billion to 13 billion component downloads per year. It’s almost impossible to imagine an application that doesn’t leverage a significant amount of open source code somewhere in the..

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Resolve the Alarming Application Security Attitudes Exposed in Survey

This week, the fourth annual Open Source Development and Application Security Survey was released. The 3,353 software developers surveyed divulged the eye-opening realities of their open source usage and application security practices. Our partner..

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Interview: Wayne Jackson of Sonatype

In this interview, Jeff Williams interviews Wayne Jackson of Sonatype. They discuss the results from The 2014 Open Source Development Survey, where 3,300 surveyed developers gave their honest opinions on everything from third-party code to..

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Getting Left of Boom: Using FireEye and Contrast Together

The term "Left of Boom" is a military term used to describe the time before the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED), aka a roadside bomb. Made popular by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Rick Atkinson, the military term left of boom..

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Interview: Andrew Hay of Open DNS

In this interview, Jeff Williams interviews Andrew Hay of Open DNS. They discuss bad credential management and the recent eBay breach, thinking with the mind of an attacker, firewalls, security in the cloud, and fast-moving agile and DevOps life..

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