STAREAST 2022 Concurrent Session : Raiders of the Lost AppSec


Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Raiders of the Lost AppSec

Remember the Indiana Jones movies? For those in infosec and security trying to navigate these days seems a lot like those movies. For instance, right from the very start of the series, we are shown how defense-in-depth is not enough - or have you forgotten that Indy escaped with the idol? Or how about how many of us, trying to keep up with threats, can relate to Indy, when going after a truck, said “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go!”? And can't we ALL relate to trying to find the Security Holy Grail to help manage and mitigate risk – and felt the pain and scars from someone who “chose poorly”? But how does application security relate? In this session we will talk about why defense-in-depth is not enough, making better data-driven decisions instead of guessing, metrics and measures that matter, building resiliency and "choosing wisely". We invite you to join us on this quest to drive trust and confidence for those customers that are looking at how you handle their data and the methods you use to protect it, because they expect you to handle it responsibly.


Rob Cuddy is currently an Application Security Evangelist for HCL providing thought leadership for application security, DevOps and DevSecOps initiatives and is one of the hosts of the Application Paranoia podcast. Prior to this role, Rob was with IBM for 14 years in various roles. Rob has worked with clients all over the world to help address their challenges in ways that bring a positive impact to the business bottom line. Rob has spoken at numerous events and conferences, including All Day DevOps, Evanta CISO Summits, THINK, InterConnect, DeveloperConnect, IBM Top Guns. Prior to IBM, Rob spent 13 years with 5 different companies working as a configuration management specialist. Rob graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and is an avid fan of college football. When not at work, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, serving with his church, running and cycling.