DevSecOps Podcasts

Spy vs Spy in Application Security: Harvesting Adversaries

Nov 2, 2018 11:16:49 AM By Mark Miller

"The guy who wrote wifi software with SSID never imagined that someone could use that SSID to transmit data by writing two smaller applications to leverage it. We are constantly going to be in this [type of] battle. Ultimately we've got to find a way to stay ahead of it by understanding the mechanisms by which we're writing the abuse case possibilities." -- Shannon Lietz

Following their session at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018, I sat down and talked with Shannon Lietz and James Wickett to talk about who the real adversaries are when it comes to application security, what you can do to expose those adversaries and steps to get started in your own, internal adversary program.

About Shannon Lietz

DevSecOps Leader for Intuit

Shannon Lietz is an award winning innovator with over two decades of experience pursuing advanced security defenses and next generation security solutions. Ms. Lietz is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driving the company’s DevSecOps and cloud security strategy, roadmap and implementation in support of corporate innovation. She operates a 24x7 DevSecOps team that specializes in Adversary Management. Prior to joining Intuit, Ms. Lietz worked for ServiceNow where she was responsible for the cloud security engineering efforts and Sony where she drove the implementation of a new secure data center.

Ms. Lietz has significant experience leading crisis management large-scale security breaches and restoration of services for several Fortune 500 companies. She has previous experience as a founder a metrics company, leading major initiatives for hosting providers as a Master Security Architect, developing security software and consulting for many Fortune 500 companies globally. Ms. Lietz is an IANS faculty member and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s College.

About James Wickett

Head of Research, Signal Sciences

James spends a lot of time at the intersection of the DevOps and Security communities. He works as Head of Research at Signal Sciences and is a supporter of the Rugged Software and DevSecOps movements. Seeing the gap in software testing, James founded an open source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a Rugged Testing Framework. He is the author of several security and DevOps courses onLinkedIn Learning, including: DevOps Foundations, Infrastructure as Code, DevSecOps: Automated Security Testing, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), and Site Reliability Engineering.

He got his start in technology when he founded a startup as a student at the University of Oklahoma and has since worked in environments ranging from large, web-scale enterprises to small, rapid-growth startups. He is a dynamic speaker on topics in DevOps, AppSec, InfoSec, cloud security, automated security testing, DevSecOps and serverless.

James is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He also runs DevOps Days Austin and previously served on the global DevOps Days board. He also bears several security certifications including CISSP and GWAPT.