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Friday, October 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Do Certain Types of Developers or Teams Write More Secure Code?

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Why do some developers and development teams write more secure code than others? In this talk we will describe several human factors—developer, team and environmental characteristics—that influence whether developers will inadvertently introduce security weaknesses into their code. We’ll present the results of research on how factors such as developer experience, disrupted attention, team size, team co-location, communication, work hours, and code rewrites affect software security. The research results are drawn from DoD-funded R&D conducted by our company on both open-source and proprietary software repositories, as well as academic research on software engineering practices. At the end of the talk, we will describe how others can participate in this research.

Speakers
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Chris Horn

Senior Researcher, Secure Decisions
Chris Horn is a Senior Researcher at Secure Decisions, an R&D division of Applied Visions, Inc. He has 18 years of experience in research, software systems, and new product development. Currently, he leads cybersecurity research & development projects and focuses on developing technology... Read More →
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Anita D'Amico

CEO, Code Dx, Inc.
Anita D’Amico, PhD is CEO of Code Dx, Inc. which provides open-source and commercial application security solutions based on advanced technologies developed by Secure Decisions, an R&D organization which she had also directed. Her roots are in experimental psychology and human factors... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress Room 2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757, USA