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Secure Software Conferences Begin In Silicon Valley

ISC Squared : 28 May, 2010  (New Product)
A one-day conference on building security into the software lifecycle is being held as part of the (ISC)2 secure leadership series which is free to membership
(ISC)2, the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers with nearly 70,000 certified members worldwide, has announced the expansion of its highly successful Security Leadership conference series to address integrating security throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC) to better protect enterprises and individuals.

(ISC)2 will kick-off its SecureSDLC conference series in the heart of the U.S. software development community on June 17 at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.

Titled 'SecureSDLC: Building Security into the Software Lifecycle,' the day-long conference will feature a keynote at 9 a.m. from David Rice, author of the critically acclaimed book Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software, who will discuss how insecure software contributes to the destruction of global economic wealth and enables pandemic cybercrime.

In addition, several members of the Silicon Valley's Office of the CIO will participate in a panel discussion at 11 a.m. on the problems insecure software has caused their organizations and the solutions they're seeking from vendors. The panel will be moderated by Dean Lane, author of CIO Wisdom: Best Practices from Silicon Valley, a book featuring the collective wisdom of the Office of the CIO on how to address pressing issues facing IT professionals.

The panel will feature Lincoln Heacock, CIO, CyberSource, an ecommerce payment management company now being acquired by Visa; Allyn McGillicuddy, CIO, Golden Gate University; Max Rayner, CTO, Travelzoo, a global Internet media company; and Jim Trovato, CISO, Intuit, a leading provider of business and financial management solutions including the Quicken and TurboTax products.

'As organizations begin to recognize securing software as a priority, this new conference series provides the software community a forum to share their experiences and discuss integrating security throughout the software development lifecycle,' said Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2.

'The market and the regulatory landscape are moving rapidly toward requiring software to run securely from cradle to grave, eliminating the need for the expensive and time-consuming 'patch and testing cycle' that has left organizations and end-users highly vulnerable,' Tipton said. 'Our goal for this series is to provide tools to stakeholders involved in the planning, development, design, coding and deployment of any application to incorporate security, whether t he software is for in-house use, embedded in devices, or for sale to enterprises and consumers.'

According to Rice, 'To this day, software remains one of the most defective products in the global market place. The software market is a market for lemons, where buyers cannot distinguish between 'good' and 'bad' software. Consequently, high-quality, secure software is driven from the market. This is bad for everyone - governments, enterprises, businesses, customers, and citizens.'

Other speakers scheduled for the (ISC)2 SecureSDLC Silicon Valley event include Rafal Los, senior Web security specialist for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Software and blogger, who will speak at 1 :45 p.m. on developing an execution-flow-based approach to application security testing, and Brad Arkin, director of product security and privacy for Adobe, who will speak at 4 p.m. on gaining acceptance for a secure approach to software development and how Adobe implemented its own Secure Product Lifecycle program.

The SecureSDLC Silicon Valley event is free to (ISC)2 members and US$99 for non-members. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch for attendees. The event is sponsored by Tipping Point and Cenzic.

The next SecureSDLC event in the series is set for November the 4th in Washington. Details will be announced at a later date.

SecureSDLC is part of (ISC)2's Security Leadership Series, a year-round program that provides information security professionals worldwide the chance to advance their knowledge on emerging security issues while interacting with leading industry experts and expanding their peer networks. (ISC)² certified members may earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for attending.
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