S3E20: Careers in Security with Veracode Co-founder Chris Wysopal

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In today's episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk to Chris Wysopal. Chris is the co-founder and CTO at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security.

Chris studied computer and systems engineering and became a programmer in the early days of the internet. He quickly realized there would be security challenges with the internet, so he set out to understand and address them.

In our conversation, Chris gives us an overview of the jobs available in the security industry, like DevOps and SRE (site reliability engineering). He also explains how to develop the skills to work in this field and what to be aware of when building apps. Overall, he reminds us of the importance of making sure our software is secure.

Key takeaways:

  • As technology changes, it creates new security problems that must be addressed.
  • When you create software, be mindful of the code you don't write yourself, such as open source components. It's important to understand what that code is doing and to make sure it's secure.
  • Be particularly careful when it comes to authentication and encryption. Ask yourself which frameworks and components you'll need and whether or not they're secure.
  • Do security testing before you release any software. Consider how you'll test it for easy-to-find vulnerabilities.
  • If you're interested in a career in security, read books about it and look to companies that are experts at it.

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