Dec 18, 2020
Ted Harrington: You Need to Secure Your App… then PROVE It
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ELLIE: How do you know you’re not deluding yourself? As for me, I’d need proof. PALMER: Proof. Did you love your father? ELLIE: Huh? PALMER: Your Dad, did you love him? ELLIE: Yes, very much. PALMER: Prove it.



That is, of course, Jodie Foster as Ellie Arroway and Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss in Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 adaptation of Carl Sagan’s 1984 novel Contact



On this week’s InSecurity, Matt Stephenson got some time with ethical hacker Ted Harrington, author. He is the author HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right, Exec Partner at Independent Security Evaluators and co-creator of IoT Village at DEFCON and beyond! If you need more reasons to listen, he’s just awesome and has some really interesting insight into what developers, companies and even regular people need to consider in keeping their assets secure… dig it



About Ted Harrington



Ted Harrington (@SecurityTed) is the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).


ISE is a company of ethical hackers most commonly known for their work hacking cars, medical devices, web applications, and password managers. ISE is a leader of ethical hackers, helping companies build better, more secure software.


Ted is an author, keynote speaker, consultant, and podcast host, specializing in penetration testing, secure software development, and related areas of cybersecurity.


He recently published the best-selling book HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right.


ISE has helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Google, Amazon, and Netflix. 


Ted and his team also founded and continue to organize IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEF CON Black Badge winner.



Hackable: How to Do Application Security Right



If you don’t fix your security vulnerabilities, attackers will exploit them. It’s simply a matter of who finds them first. If you fail to prove that your software is secure, your sales are at risk too. Whether you’re a technology executive, developer, or security professional, you are responsible for securing your application. However, you may be uncertain about what works, what doesn’t, how hackers exploit applications, or how much to spend. Or maybe you think you do know, but don’t realize what you’re doing wrong. To defend against attackers, you must think like them. As a leader of ethical hackers, Ted Harrington helps the world’s foremost companies secure their technology. Hackable teaches you exactly how. You’ll learn how to eradicate security vulnerabilities, establish a threat model, and build security into the development process. You’ll build better, more secure products. You’ll gain a competitive edge, earn trust, and win sales.



About Matt Stephenson




Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts me in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. I am the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and video series at events around the globe.


I have spent the last 10 years in the world of Data Protection and Cybersecurity. Since 2016, I have been with Cylance (now BlackBerry) extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to network security, can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty they weren't there for us, but you never know...


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.


InSecurity is about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...


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