Contrast CEO on Why It's Tough to Guard Open-Source SoftwareAlan Naumann on Contrast's Push to Probe Open-Source Code Right From the Repository
Organizations must grapple with software development happening at a faster pace than ever as well as an exponential increase in attacks on the software layer.
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Contrast Security has developed new technology to secure code that's deployed quickly to the cloud during development, security testing, runtime and operations, says Chairman, President and CEO Alan Naumann. Clients specifically want to spot potential issues earlier in the development cycle, and Contrast has responded by examining open-source code in the repository to ensure it is secure, he says (see: DevSecOps: How to Change Old Behaviors).
"The extensive use of open source means that one key fits thousands of locks," Naumann says. "I think the industry has woken up and realized, 'Boy, software security is more important than we thought. We better make sure we protect our software supply chain and our internal software development process.'"
In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Naumann also discusses:
- Why Contrast snagged VMware's Tom Kellermann as senior vice president of cyber strategy;
- What Palo Alto Networks' purchase of Cider Security means for the market;
- What differentiates Contrast from competitors in the code security space.
Prior to joining Contrast in 2016, Naumann spent four years as the CEO at 41st Parameter, until its acquisition by Experian. He also served as the CEO of CoWare for eight years, until its acquisition by Synopsys. Naumann has more than 25 years of technology management experience in the cybersecurity, e-commerce and computer industries. Before joining CoWare, he served as an executive at Calico Commerce, Cadence Design Systems and Hewlett-Packard. Naumann currently serves on the Advisory Board for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurial Studies at Wake Forest University.