Secure Coding Fixes the Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses

August 6, 2022
Hosted by Rebecca Herold

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In the news every day are security incidents and privacy breaches caused by software programming errors, sloppy practices, lack of sufficient testing, and many other engineering-, coding-, and programming-related reasons. This has been progressively getting worse for the past 40, 50 years as technology has been proliferating, along with code, and different programming languages. Case in point: At the root of most Zero Day exploits is unsecure software code, created by programmers and coders who did not create the code to be secure to begin with. For the past several years the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has published their Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses list. When looking at this list, it is clear that most, if not all, are a result of poor coding practices. A lack of secure coding! These software weaknesses are getting worse, not better, as time goes on! Listen to this episode to hear expert, pioneer, current practitioner and thought-leader for software security, Dr. Mich Kabay, discuss many of real-life examples of poor coding that have resulted in problems, incidents and breaches, occurring long ago and up through those that are still occurring today. And, hear how code can be made more secure. We will also go through as many of the CISA top 25 dangerous software weaknesses as time allows to point out the coding errors and problems that made the software weak, unsecure, and dangerous. All software engineers, programmers and coders do not need to be cybersecurity experts. However, all of them *DO* need to be experts in secure coding and the applicable security and privacy standards involved in the software development life cycle (SDLC). #SecureCoding #Cybersecurity #Privacy #RiskManagement #Education #MichKabay #ZeroDay #SDLC

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Rebecca Herold

Rebecca has 25-plus years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience, is CEO of The Privacy Professor(R) consultancy she founded in 2004, and Co-Founder/CEO of Privacy Security Brainiacs online services, where Rebecca engineered the systems and created all the content, including automated risk assessments and training courses. Rebecca has authored 20 books, contributed to dozens of other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, a member of the NIST Privacy Framework development team, and is a NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program team member. Rebecca has provided expert witness services for HIPAA compliance, IoT security, privacy and location tracking, retirement community members’ personal data misuse, and other cases. Rebecca was co-founder and officer of the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and is on numerous advisory boards. Rebecca was Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for 9 years. Rebecca has received numerous awards, including named as a Top 100 Women Fighting Cybercrime and a Cybersecurity Woman of the Year. Rebecca has provided keynotes on 5 continents and is frequently interviewed on TV and in international publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CDPSE, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Ponemon Privacy Fellow. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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