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Developers vs. Security Training with Jim Manico

Released Friday, 9th July 2021
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In this episode of AppSec Builders, Jb is joined by security professional Jim Manico, founder of Manicode Security to discuss Application Security, Developers, and why they should be trained to build Secure Applications .
About Jim:
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmanico (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmanico)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/manicode (https://twitter.com/manicode)
Jim Manico is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He is also the co-founder of the LocoMoco Security Conference and is an investor/advisor for Nucleus Security, BitDiscovery, Secure Circle and Inspectiv. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Clad-Java-Building-Sec… ("Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications”)  from McGraw-Hill.
Intro / Outro: [00:00:02] Welcome to AppSec Builders, the podcast for Practitioners Building Modern AppSec hosted by JB Aviat.
JB Aviat: [00:00:14] Welcome to this episode of AppSec Builders I am JB Aviat and I am honored to welcome Jim Manico, who, on top of being a famous, opinionated security professional, is also the founder of Many Good Security, where she trains software developers in secure coding and security Engineering he is also an investor advisor for many companies, frequent speaker on secure coding practices and a book writer with Ironclad Java Building Secure Web Applications. Jim, why don't you introduce yourself as well?
Jim Manico: [00:00:50] Jean-baptiste is a pleasure to be on your podcast and your show. And like you said, I'm an opinionated application security professional. I just hope that my opinions are helpful to you and your audience.
JB Aviat: [00:01:04] Opinions are always helpful, especially when they are held by smart people. So, yes, definitely. And I'm looking forward to have you sharing a bit more about that with our listeners. So, Jim, thanks a lot for joining us today. So when we are familiar with your work, we can notice that your primary focus is developers. So you train them, you write books to educate them. You contribute to a lot of OWASP resources around education. Why that focus centered on the developers?
Jim Manico: [00:01:40] I believe that the application security industry traditionally has primarily been about security testing and dev ops and all these different pieces that are about assessment of the security of an application. And I do not believe that you can achieve security through testing. I believe that the only way to truly do application security is to get developers to build secure software and to utilize tools and techniques and processes that will help developers, author, secure software. And I believe that our industry places very little focus on that important specialty because it's hard to sell an idea. The idea that you must change your process, you must change your engineering capabilities and similar. It's not something that sells in the marketplace. It's education, which is not a very big part of our industry. So that's why I focus on that, because it's my specialty and it's also my belief. That's how you really do application security is to enable developers capabilities around security in some way.
JB Aviat: [00:02:54] And a so you've been doing that for a while. What are the big changes that you have witnessed over the past year?

Jim Manico: [00:03:01] I think the acceleration of dev ops is very interesting. Now, Dev Ops has been around for 20 years. This is about automation around the building, testing, deploying in other aspects of the SDLC. And we were doing that in the late 90s through a lot of custom scripts and similar. And I think that today there's extremely modern tool sets like Jenkins', GitHub actions and similar, where I can build a significant security centric...