John Dickson

John Dickson is an internationally recognized security leader, entrepreneur and Principal at Denim Group, Ltd. He has nearly 20 years' hands-on experience in intrusion detection, network security and application security in the commercial, public and military sectors. As a Denim Group Principal, he helps executives and Chief Security Officers (CSO's) of Fortune 500 companies, including major financial institutions, launch and expand their critical application security initiatives.

Posts by John Dickson

RSA 2017 – A T-Shirt Response

“Have fun at RSA!” These are the words I hear from friends and family and colleagues at work that don’t have the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to San Francisco for the largest gathering of security folks of the year, the RSA Conference.  Regardless of whether you are a vendor, buyer, or general attendee, you […]

A Trumped-Up Approach to the Borderless War on “the Cyber”

Now that the inauguration and many of the Senate confirmation hearings are behind us, I’m starting to gather my thoughts as a security guy around cybersecurity policy in the new administration and where President Trump might take us all. Let me state up front that I’m not an apologist for the President, nor do I […]

Tis the Season for Security Predictions

Each year across the country, right after Thanksgiving, a curious thing occurs at many technology vendors. Marketing professionals reach out to their company thought leaders to let them know that it’s time to produce a prediction report. Shortly thereafter, collective eyes are rolling and groans accompany candid statements, such as “I have nothing new or […]

Black Friday Security Checklist for Retail Companies

If you’re lucky enough to work at a retail company, the next several weeks of holiday shopping may be the difference between a financially successful or unsuccessful year. As buyers, we’re all too familiar with the holiday shopping season, regardless of whether we either choose to buy our gifts from Amazon and other online retailers, […]

The Need for Speed: Application Security in a DevOps World

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to present at the RSA Asia Pacific & Japan Conference on the topic of DevOps and security. In the last 6-12 months, and especially in the time since submitting this topic, we’ve seen the accelerated rise of DevOps. The challenge is that we haven’t solved the problem of […]

Bringing Sanity to BlackHat Week – A Survival Guide for First-Timers

Ahhhhh. BlackHat Eve. That week before Black Hat where overworked security folks all over the world attempt to clear out their email inboxes prior to jetting out to Las Vegas for a week in enclosed conference centers with thousands of other like-minded security nerds. But when we talk about Black Hat as a singular event […]