Yet another interesting lecture on the world of programming languages at C1b3rWall Academy 2021. This time under the title “Shifting it to the left” by Borja Gonzalez Carro, who is Lead Security Analyst for IRIUSRISK SL. He is an IT professional with 20 years of experience, the last six oriented to cybersecurity. He practices different branches of cybersecurity and lately he focuses on application security and S-SDLC, Security by Design and Security by Default.

The aim of the Shift Left strategy is to bring security as far to the left as possible (as far upstream) in the project schedule. Security must be present throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC). Placing security to the left implies:

  • Anticipating risks and security breaches.
  • Saving time.
  • Saving effort.
  • Saving costs.

How can we develop more secure software?

Security by Design: Design secure and robust software components.

Security by Default: The default configuration of software components will be the most secure possible.

Leveraging techniques such as Threat Modeling: Identify potential threats even before writing a single line of code.

Threat Modeling

It is the identification and analysis of the attack surface of the entire space that our application or project has and is susceptible to attack. Threat Modeling allows for the early detection of threats, right up from the design phase.

It takes us to more technical but also more interesting terms. If you would like to learn more about this topic and other topics related to security and programming languages, don’t miss the opportunity to enroll in the C1b3rWall Academy program, which already has more than 50,000 participants from all over the world. You can also take it a step further and enroll in the next Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity at the University of Salamanca.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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