John Dickson

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 […]

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 […]

What’s in a Name? – Why Gartner Picking “Application Vulnerability Correlation” is an Important Step for the Application Security Market

If you haven’t seen it yet, Gartner just published its “Hype Cycle for Application Security, 2016” written by Gartner Analyst Ayal Tirosh with support from colleague Lawrence Pingree (Gartner clients can view it at https://www.gartner.com/doc/3376617/hype-cycle-application-security-). This is potentially a deeply important step for the application security market because it provides clarity around a set of […]

2016 Post Gartner Recap

                     Now that the dust has settled on the annual 2016 Gartner Security and Privacy Symposium, we can look back through a clean lens and identify themes that bubbled to the surface of the different sessions. Although a critical mass of security leaders were in attendance, […]

In Response to: Defense in Silicon Valley, IHS Jane’s

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Zachary Fryer-Biggs of IHS Jane’s at RSA 2016 on the DoD’s expansion into Silicon Valley and its attempt to tap new innovative technology solutions. Zachary’s recent article titled “Defense in Silicon Valley” takes a look at the cultural change the DoD is attempting to adopt and its […]