A Sort of a Homecoming – Why I Joined Sonatype

Switching employers is usually a difficult transition filled with complex emotions, fear, and anxiety. I haven’t had any of these feelings as I start my journey at Sonatype. The timing is right, the culture is right, the tools are right, and I have a ton of technique to bring to the table. Joining Sonatype isn’t like jumping into the unknown. It’s a sort of homecoming.

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DevOps Is Everywhere

Over the past few years I have met many of the talented people from Sonatype as I travelled the world sharing stories about how adding security controls into DevOps practices isn’t as difficult as it may seem. At that time “DevSecOps” was a term that wasn’t widely known. That has changed.

In every city I’ve been in I’ve heard stories of success, stories of epic failures, and realized that DevSecOps is everywhere. I’ve been asked for advice and brainstormed solutions. Eventually I realized I was making a difference. The work experience I acquired both at startups and Fortune 10 organizations provided the stories, and Sonatype provided the microphone.

Those that have seen my presentations know that I have pretty strong opinions about introducing automated security controls into DevOps practices. When I talked about The Four Horsemen of the DevSecOpalypse at All Day DevOps last year I said that the quickest bang for the buck was open source software management.

Looking at the 2019 State of the Software Supply Chain Report confirmed that sentiment.  The data is astounding. 85% of applications are composed of open source software. If they are web applications then the composition rises to 97%!

Think about that for a second. These numbers tell me that developers custom code just 3-13% of any application, on average. This code tends to be the first priority for (Read more...)

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DJ Schleen

DJ is a seasoned DevSecOps advocate at Sonatype and provides thought leadership to organizations looking to integrate security into their DevOps practices. He comes from a practitioner background and specializes in architecting DevSecOps pipelines, automating security in DevOps environments, and breaking down organizational silos that inhibit the delivery of safer software. DJ has worked to streamline development pipelines and practices for many Fortune 100 organizations by focusing on culture and technique. He uses this expertise to surface the right technology to serve business goals and support outcomes. He is an international speaker, blogger, instructor and author in the DevSecOps community where he encourages organizations to deeply integrate a culture of security and trust into their core values and product development journey.

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