Crusaders and Pragmatists: Software Security Assurance

Presented by

Adam Hils, Senior Product Manager, HP Enterprise Security (Fortify)

About this talk

Historically, software security vendors and enterprise teams have been divided into two camps: The Crusaders, who embrace the 'true religion' of source code analysis as the holy grail and believe that they can achieve nirvana with solving problems completely at the code level; and the Pragmatists, who believe that the Crusaders are unrealistic idealists, and that dynamic analysis of staged web applications is the only practical way of addressing real, attackable vulnerabilities. The reality is that both camps are correct when placed within an overarching Software Security Assurance (SSA) framework. SSA creates a programmatic enterprise application security approach that incorporates both the source code Crusaders and the dynamic Pragmatists. This presentation will describe how the Crusaders and Pragmatists, placed within the SSA discipline, can work together to reinforce each other and bolster the entire security program’s ultimate goal – securing the enterprise.

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