3rd Party Risk Management , Application Security , Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery

Improving the Market With Higher Security

Jeff Williams of Contrast Security on Making Software Safer, Market More Competitive
Improving the Market With Higher Security
Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO, Contrast Security

Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO of Contrast Security, says people have a right to know if the products they use are secure. It's difficult to tell if software is secure, he says, so companies need incentives to build good security programs, improve their software and disclose any flaws they find.

Speaking about President Joe Biden's executive order on cybersecurity, Williams says, "The approach that the executive order takes by mandating visibility and transparency is the least intrusive way of achieving the goals here, so that we can fix the market. The market can now be competitive about how much security is right for the market and achieve a much better level of security."

In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Williams discusses:

  • How working from home affects software development and security;
  • Elements of the cybersecurity executive order, including Zero Trust, security labels and creating visibility in the market;
  • Company mandates and making the market more competitive by achieving a higher level of security.

Williams is the co-founder and CTO of Contrast Security, which serves tens of thousands of developers in companies such as BMW, DocuSign, Zurich Insurance Group, the American Red Cross and other leading Global 500 enterprises. He founded, set up and kicked off the Open Web Application Security Project - OWASP - foundation, a nonprofit online community that produces freely available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools and technologies in the field of web application security.

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