Events , Governance & Risk Management , IT Risk Management

Paving Paths for Sustainable Security

Anna Westelius of Netflix on High-Leverage, High-Impact Security Investments
Anna Westelius, director, security engineering, Netflix

Organizations often face challenges when they aim to build sustainable security programs at scale. Anna Westelius, director of security engineering with Netflix, discussed the company's big infrastructure projects that give it more leverage over time than investing in manual processes.

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"Our threat model is different than a bank," Westelius said. "We've had a lot of time and effort to spend on high-leverage technology investments instead of doing some traditional security."

Westelius also emphasized building strong relationships with developers by "setting shared goals" and "meeting them where they are in their technologies and their understanding of those workflows."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Westelius also discusses:

  • Challenges organizations face when scaling security;
  • Netflix's nontraditional security testing;
  • How to create shared accountability between security leaders and developers.

Westelius is a security leader and former security researcher, analyst and hacking enthusiast. At Netflix, she leads teams that address top security risks while maintaining overall business agility, velocity and scale.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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