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Spring Data REST: convention over security

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You know the sales pitch by now: agile development helps to deliver value to stakeholders fast and efficiently. Frequent releases guarantee maximum visibility. We want to see progress now. So we’ll spare a thought for security along the way and worry about it when it’s too late.

Don’t get me wrong: if that’s how a team chooses to work they only have themselves to blame. There is nothing in agile development that downplays the importance of security.  It’s just that an inordinate focus on delivering visible value fast doesn’t bode well for safe software, as this is a quality attribute that takes time (=money) to do well and meanwhile is not very visible to end users. Until it all goes horribly wrong of course. (more…)

Onze digitale veiligheid is geen keuzevak

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Als het aan minister van Engelshoven van onderwijs ligt gaat de overheid zich actief bemoeien met de gebrekkige aandacht voor security aan de ict-opleidingen van het MBO. De Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven (SBB) werkt hiertoe aan een herziene standaard, die echter niet voor 2019 van kracht zal zijn.

Het is mooi (zij het rijkelijk laat) dat de sector niet langer toelaat dat zo’n taai en weinig sexy onderwerp als de beveiliging van ons digitale hebben en houwen slechts een keuzevak is. Ik bedoel: hoeveel gruwelverhalen over datalekken zijn er nog nodig voordat het besef komt dat de sector als geheel (niet alleen de scholen) enorme steken laat vallen? Op de korte termijn zal het weinig uitmaken. Voordat de eerste lichting nieuwe afgestudeerden de arbeidsmarkt betreedt zijn we vier jaar verder. (more…)

Security as an afterthought

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I am doing a Coursera course called Usable Security which – as you would expect – is all about improving the security of systems through better usability.

It’s hard to dispel the opinion common among developers that usability and security are somehow inversely proportionate; that rock-solid secure systems are of necessity hard to use, and that improving their usability must degrade their security. Quite the opposite is true in fact. Systems with a large potential for serious damage should be foolproof and that’s where usability comes in. Making them hard to learn only makes them more error-prone. (more…)

Staging a play the agile way

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It’s been roughly two years since I wrote and staged my IT-comedy Fair Trade, which we performed on location for two teams of developers. Great fun it was, and it’s available here if you read Dutch. With all my years of experience in incremental product delivery I was wondering: could you produce a play in monthly sprints, sharing the incremental deliveries with an audience? Spoiler: no, you couldn’t. It’d be torture for everyone involved. It’s waterfall or nothing. (more…)

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