Josh Eastman, Automation Architect, Experis Global Testing Services
Along with the innovations of technology, the careers that go with it have evolved, especially when it comes to Quality Assurance (QA), general knowledge, and development of the products we use for business. Behold the new and improved Software Development Engineer in Test or SDET – architect, constructor, surveyor, and tester.
The industry today has awakened to the fact that testing is actually more important than programming. Testing software applications requires a bigger budget for tools and resources compared to programming. Every organization today is hunting for the best possible talent. Earlier software developers used to write code and testers checked it for quality. This won’t suffice today. Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs) are skilled professionals who are adept in the arena of both QA Engineering and Software Development.
Armed with specialized testing knowledge of multiple tools, techniques, best practices, and processes, SDETs today have become a crucial part of development ecosystems. Based on their development experience, knowledge of technical architecture and design, and their programming skills SDETs are required to write code to test the code written by developers.
•A solid overview of the Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) role – What is an SDET? What's the difference between a tester and an SDET? Duties and Responsibilities of SDETs.
•When do you need an SDET vs. Tester?
•The shortage of testing skills in all stages of Agile projects has to be addressed to avoid testing being a bottleneck in development.
•The SDET role provides a way of achieving a balance between velocity and quality – allowing organizations to take Agile and DevOps deeper into the Enterprise.
Companies are using analytics to improve operations, reduce risk and increase revenue. The competitive advantage they are gaining comes from recognizing the value and the uniqueness of the data each company owns, instilling analytical processes into the standard operating procedures and building a culture that uses analytics as the standard for decision making. This presentation will introduce the audience to the power of analytics so that they will have the advantage over their competitors.
Today’s media coverage provides an almost endless litany of stories describing emerging cyber threats, successful breaches and changing attack vectors facing businesses of all sizes, with many involving combinations of social engineering and advanced technological exploits. As a result, organizations and their customers are becoming convinced that even the most well-designed security programs are no match for the capabilities of today’s cyber security underworld.
While advances in technology and processes have provided numerous risk management tools and safeguards that can be employed to help protect an organization’s vital information, their effectiveness is heavily dependent on the consistent application of controls and ethics of the people involved. Too often, organizations underestimate the level and type of risks that can arise from even the most well-intentioned and hard-working individuals, including those directly employed by the organization, contracted to provide third parties services and support, or even interacting with your company as customers. When combined with the potential risk factors brought on by bad actors, it is clear the human factor must be recognized as a key aspect of risk management in today’s complex corporate environments.
This presentation will examine some notorious attacks and explore factors that lead to successful attacks and discuss significant issues and circumstances that lead to successful breaches.
After the session, you will:
•Develop a better understanding of the factors influencing today’s security threat landscape
•Be able to recognize some latent or emerging security threats in your business environment
•Become aware of some practical approaches and solutions to consider when adjusting your risk management program to reduce your organization’s risk exposure