Monday Mar 04, 2024

#171 - Navigating Software Supply Chain Security (with Cassie Crossley)

In this episode of CISO Tradecraft, host G Mark Hardy converses with Cassie Crossley, author of the book on software supply chain security. Hardy explores the importance of cybersecurity, the structure of software supply chains, and the potential risks they pose. Crossley shares her expert insights on different software source codes and the intricacies of secure development life cycle. She highlights the significance of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and the challenges in maintaining the integrity of software products. The discussion also covers the concept of counterfeits in the software world, stressing the need for continuous monitoring and a holistic approach towards cybersecurity.

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:44 Discussion on Software Supply Chain Security
  • 02:33 Insights into Secure Development Life Cycle
  • 03:20 Understanding the Importance of Supplier Landscape
  • 05:09 The Role of Security in Software Supply Chain
  • 07:29 The Impact of Vulnerabilities in Software Supply Chain
  • 09:06 The Importance of Secure Software Development Life Cycle
  • 14:13 The Role of Frameworks and Standards in Software Supply Chain Security
  • 17:39 Understanding the Importance of Business Continuity Plan
  • 20:53 The Importance of Security in Agile Development
  • 24:01 Understanding OWASP and Secure Coding
  • 24:20 The Importance of API Security
  • 24:50 The Concept of Shift Left in Software Development
  • 25:20 The Role of Culture in Software Development
  • 25:52 Exploring Different Source Code Types
  • 26:19 The Rise of Low Code, No Code Platforms
  • 28:53 The Potential Risks of Generative AI Source Code
  • 34:24 Understanding Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)
  • 41:07 The Challenge of Spotting Counterfeit Software
  • 41:36 The Importance of Integrity Checks in Software Development
  • 45:45 Closing Thoughts and the Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness

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