August 2016 Archives

The Heart of DevOps Is Cooperation

I've been reading a lot lately about generative culture at the suggestion of my boss. Apparently this topic has been popping up and circulating with frequency through DevOps circles in recent months, and seeing as I'm currently charged with doing "stuff" related to security and DevOps, it seemed like a good thing to research.

For those unfamiliar with generative culture, I recommend reading up on it. I found these pieces to be of particular value:


What's most interesting about generative culture is that it really fits well with the current problems facing organizations today with respect to security. That is, infosec spend is still continuously viewed as overhead cost, infosec people are still viewed as obstacles (even when trying to play nicely with DevOps teams), and infosec tools continue to be undermined by the human element, which often sees security as an externality to their specific duties (even when it really oughtn't be).

It's Time For (A) New Context

I'm not completely sure why, but I've been holding off writing this post for a couple months now. Maybe, in part, I didn't want to jinx myself. Maybe, in part, I didn't want to open myself up to criticism or ridicule for Yet Another Job Change in such a short period of time. But... I think the time is now right to more publicly announce and talk about this transition, so here goes...

In mid-June I left Ellucian, where I'd been slamming my head against the wall for several months, and joined New Context as a "security architect" (or, as I put it on LinkedIn, "person of interest"). The title itself is somewhat irrelevant as it's not overly representative of my current responsibilities, which include biz dev, research / thought leadership, product management, and yes, likely, some consulting.

I plan to provide more updates in the coming months about some of the things I'm working on, such as around our Lean Security business management model, but I'll hold back on that for now.

In the meantime, if anybody wants to catch-up, or if there's interesting in bringing us in, please feel free to reach out! New Context has a very senior team that's very deep in areas like agile software development, DevOps engineering and infrastructure, as well as - of course - security. We have several awesome partners, too (a list that's constantly growing). If we can't help you out directly, then it's very likely we can connect you with someone who can.

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