Secure development best practices by Jason Chan

A great talk with Jason Chan, VP, Head of Information Security of Netflix about simplifying the security process for software developers, as well as some of the open source projects Netflix has shared with the community. Listen here. (Btw, Jason was the keynote speaker of Hacktivity 2014, he is really a great guy.)

Me, as leading the security team, I want to be making a few decisions as possible, and the best way to facilitate that is to make sure that people have context about what’s important to the company, what’s important to the team.

The idea being if you have all the information you need to make good decisions, that given maximum freedom you’re likely to come within a range of acceptability for decision making.

Then the responsibility aspect of it is, you are free to make your own choices you’re free to pursue your own paths, sometimes they’ll be the wrong choices. The responsibility element is you have to be accountable for those things.

Ep. #28, Developer Empathy with Jason Chan of Netflix

Living in Scandinavia

After googling some about moving to Scandinavia, I found interesting articles and blog posts, mainly focusing on expectations versus reality. One of them is absolutely worth highlighting: Vanessa was an MSc student in Tromso and she wrote a short, but more comprehensive review about her experiences, difficulties, and daily life in general. I loved reading her thoughts, try it by yourself here.

We have seen your code

I am a Developer Relations Engineer at […], we are working on improving developer recruitment. We have analyzed your open source contributions on Github and we think that you could be a good fit for the position as Software Engineer at […], in Barcelona.

I have very few codes uploaded to my Github, basically university homeworks and other scripts I had to complete for random purposes. As you all know, if you talk about homeworks, quality is not the first word, which comes up in your mind. I do not understand how this can be enough for any serious company, so I had to say a gentle no for this opportunity. Fun to think about it.