Architects are often the ones making the decisions about how to build in the right security for systems while making systems usable and delivering them on time. It can be tough to get buy-in to do the right thing, particularly as we increasingly recognize that security isn’t purely a technical consideration but is instead about systems as a whole: technology, human behaviors, and basic design decisions. Security needs to be everyone’s problem to solve and responsibility to understand. It’s vital that modern teams are able to understand the security issues affecting their work so that team members are aligned and can communicate their challenges clearly to the rest of their organization.
James Stewart shares techniques for considering security of whole systems and explores ways of bringing together cross-disciplinary teams to collectively own secure designs. You’ll learn strategies for understanding the various types of bad actors who want to break the systems and ways to help the whole team contribute to a conversation about how to address those issues and prioritize them against other user needs.
James Stewart is an independent consultant helping senior leaders embed modern technology and security in their strategies and lead transformational change. Previously, James was a cofounder of the UK Government Digital Service and served as deputy CTO of the UK government, where he was instrumental in the UK government’s use the public cloud, embrace of open source, and changing approach to security, all with the goal of increasing government’s ability to focus on user needs. James speaks regularly around the world on organizational transformation, technology strategy, and cybersecurity.
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