Topic: Guest Blogs
Posted originally on November 14 by Dave Farrow, Senior Director, Information Security at Barracuda Networks.
Earlier today we joined Jake Kouns, CISO of Risk Based Security, and Christine Gadsby, Director of Product Security at BlackBerry for a guest webcast. They gave their Black Hat 2016 talk ‘OSS Security Maturity: Time to Put on Your Big Boy Pants’ which analyzes the real risks of using OSS and the best way to manage its use within your organization.
Posted originally on by Stuart Hirst on Skyskanner’s Code Voyager Blog
Skyscanner has a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. For our IT security function, the ‘Security Squad’, it is no different. External security testing had previously taken the form of standard penetration testing, which brought considerable value and helped improve security posture. However, our Squad wanted to look at new ways of testing the products that we help secure on a daily basis. In early 2015, we began to investigate the possibility of a crowd-sourced testing mechanism.
Return on Investment – ROI. Sales departments have to show it, marketing departments have to show it, and of course, security departments do too. At the end of the day we all need to show where the dollars are going, and security teams have the additional burden of correlating those dollars spent with the elimination of risk – or the perceived elimination of risk.
I have reached the age where friends are getting roles like CISO or Director of Security or Senior Architect. All important titles with crucial tasks ahead of them. Usually when friends take these roles they immediately realize that they have found themselves in unfamiliar waters. The skills that got them to that role are not the skills they need to succeed.
Editor’s Note: Today I’d like to introduce you to Bugcrowd member Anshuman Bhartiya (anshuman_bh). As an information security professional as well as bug bounty researcher, Anshuman has helped improve the security of many organizations. He has submitted several P1 & P2 bugs leading to his high standing within the programs he is involved in. As an active member on our Bugcrowd forum he also contributes to the bug bounty researcher community. This blog is from one of his responses on the forum that he has allowed us to post here. We are thrilled to share his thoughts and experience on how to successfully approach a target. Thanks!
About the Author: Ben Sadeghipour has been participating in bug bounty programs since February of 2014. After his first few bugs, he came to realize that bug bounties are a great way to learn more about web application security as well as make some extra money while going to school – computer science major. Currently Ben is an intern at Bugcrowd and continues to do bug bounty research. You can see more of his work on nahamsec.com.