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Information Risk Insights Study 20/20 plot

The Cyentia Library Relaunches

I'm excited to see that they're Re-introducing the Cyentia Research Library, with cool (new?) features like an RSS feed. There are over 1,000 corporate research reports with data that companies paid to collect, massage, and release in a way they felt would be helpful to the rest of the world.

 
Reenactment of black civil war soldiers

Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. We need more holidays that celebrate freedom. Freedom isn't always comfortable or easy, but it is the precondition to the pursuit of happiness.

 
cover of white paper: The Jenga View of Threat Modeling

The Jenga View of Threat Modeling

I'm happy to announce Shostack + Associate's new, first, corporate white paper! It uses Jenga to explain why threat modeling efforts fail so often.

 
 
Survey results.

Sonatype Report on DevSecOps

The Sonatype 2020 DevSecOps Community Survey is a really interesting report. Most interesting to me is the importance of effective communication, with both tools and human communication in developer happiness.

 
 
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'Best Practices for IoT Security'

There's an interesting new draft, Best Practices for IoT Security: What Does That Even Mean? by Christopher Bellman and Paul C. van Oorschot.

 
 

One Bad Apple

I generally try to stay on technical topics, because my understanding is that's what readers want. But events are overwhelming and I believe that not speaking out is now a political choice.

 

SLR as a Webcam

As I built out my home studio to record videos for my distributed classes, I was lucky enough to be able to find an in-stock HDMI capture card, but those are harder and harder to find. As it turns out, you may be able to avoid the need for that with a mix of apps.

 

Code: science and production

Phil Bull presents an interesting, generally convincing, argument in 'Why you can ignore reviews of scientific code by commercial software developers', with a couple of exceptions.

 
 
 

SDL Article in CACM

Most of my time, I'm helping organizations develop the skills and discipline to build security in. We give the best advice available, and I recognize that we're early in developing the science around how to build an SDL that works.

 
cover of Bounce by Matthew Syed

Bounce and Range

I want to talk about two books: Bounce, by Matthew Syed and Range, by David Epstein. I want to talk about them together in part because Range is explicitly framed as a response to Bounce.