Node Security Project has been quietly working at improving Node.js security for a few months now. The project has the goal of auditing Node.js existing module base to help "improve Node landscape and provide confidence to developers and enterprises about the state of security in Node.js land."
James Wickett, from Gauntlt core team, gave a tutorial at Velocity Conf London about integrating security testing in the continuous integration cycle for early feedback on application security level. James stressed the importance of regularly checking for security as release delivery rates increase with continuous delivery.
To enable development of secure products, processes covering the software development life cycle have to include security activities. Winfried Russwurm from Siemens and Peter Panholzer from Limes Security facilitated a workshop at the SEPG Europe 2013 conference where they explored security activities and presented the Application Guide for Improving Processes for Secure Products.
Frank Breedijk, security officer at Schuberg Philis, talks about the friction points between security and DevOps and how to collaborate to avoid them. Examples include automating security tests and environments, reducing scope of security audits to relevant system components only or allowing security fixes to jump the queue of changes to production.
The first day of DevOps Days Amsterdam had its focus split between continuous delivery and promoting a DevOps culture. Talks focused on how to automate the deployment pipeline but also system recovery in case of failure. On the culture side leveraging distinct personality types to successfully introduce changes and the positive impact of strong company culture on hiring were some of the takeaways.
IEEE announced that the Hans Karlsson Standard Award 2012 has been given to Paul R. Croll for dedicated leadership of the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee, and for his diplomacy and collaboration in facilitating the development of a collection of high-quality standards.
Web application security testing and assessment should include both security code review and penetration testing techniques. Dave Wichers, an OWASP Board Member, spoke at the recent AppSec DC 2010 Conference about the pros and cons of code reviews and penetration testing approaches in finding security vulnerabilities in web applications.