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Patrick Spencer

Patrick Spencer (Ph.D.) leads the content marketing and PR/Communications team at Contrast. He has nearly a decade and a half of experience in various senior marketing roles within the cybersecurity sector and is the recipient of numerous corporate and industry awards. After leaving the corporate world to start his own agency several years, Patrick joined Fortinet to lead content marketing and research. His many duties included serving as the editor in chief for The CISO Collective. Patrick’s roots in cybersecurity go back to Symantec, where he spent nearly a decade in senior marketing roles of increasing scope and responsibility. While at Symantec, he served as the editor in chief for CIO Digest, an award-winning digital and print publication containing strategies and insights for the technology executive. In addition to the above roles, Patrick has also served in various senior- and executive-level marketing capacities at several SaaS-based marketing companies.

Cyberattacks on Applications Grow Exponentially, Pose Serious Risk

The need for digital engagement with customers, partners, and employees has never been greater than it is today. Most organizations were already in varying stages of digital adoption when the pandemic hit. Suddenly, businesses of all sizes..

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When Legacy Application Security Becomes Your “Mr. Hyde”

Agile and DevOps are critical linchpins in digital transformation. Agile focuses on the development life cycle of modern software development life cycle (SDLC), whereas DevOps spans across development, testing, and operations life cycles...

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AppSec Becomes A Priority For New CISOs/CSOs: Recommendations For The First 100 Days

With digital transformation as a top concern for many organizations today, application security (AppSec) is more important than ever for CISOs/CSOs. Newly hired leaders must account for AppSec from the very start, and should assemble a..

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Priorities in Agile Lead to Software Observability in Annual Agile Report

It has been nearly 20 years since a group of 17 software developers conceived the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development.” Frustrated by a development methodology that followed a set path—with long development cycles before a final product was..

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Accuracy in AppSec Is Critical to Reducing False Positives

According to a new report from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC), over one-quarter of security alerts fielded within organizations are false positives. Surveying senior security professionals across five European countries and the..

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43% of Data Breaches Connected to Application Vulnerabilities: Assessing the AppSec Implications

ByPatrick Spencer May 20, 2020

Web applications are a growing focus point for cyber criminals. Motivated by financial outcomes, they understand the value of the information exchanged and stored in web applications. The 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)..

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Traditional AppSec Code Halts Kill DevOps Release Cycles

In recent years, the application security (AppSec) field has not advanced as rapidly as the software development discipline. While developers are under constant pressure to push code, legacy security tools inhibit their ability to do so. Developers..

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Incident Response Requires a New AppSec Model

Incident response found its way into our technological vernacular back in 1988 when the first internet worm—dubbed “The Morris Worm”—was released. In response, the Computer Emergency Response Team/ Coordination Center (CERT/CC) by DARPA was..

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When Developing from Home is Your New Status Quo Due to COVID-19

This past week is one we’ll never forget, even though many of us would like to do so. Beyond massive economic and social impact, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is massively disrupting how we live and work. From global travel restrictions to the..

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