The Weekly Security and DevOps News Brief

A lot has happened in the world of security and DevOps this week. Here are the top posts we saw around the community:

Europe Seeks to Reach Data Transfer Pact By 2016 

The New York Times posted a piece on plans for a new trans-Atlantic data sharing agreement in the next three months that would allow companies to continue moving online information like social media posts and search queries to the United States. The renewed effort comes a month after Europe’s highest court ruled on Oct. 6 that a 15-year-old pact — known as a safe harbor agreement — did not provide sufficient protection for the region’s citizens when their data was transferred between Europe and the United States.

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Party Like It’s 1849: The Developer Tools Gold Rush

It used to be a commonly held belief that you can’t make money selling to developers – not anymore. An article in TechCrunch explores why companies that target developers are suddenly the hottest ticket in town. Today, companies that win are characterized by their ability to write better software faster (hence the rise of continuous delivery and DevOps practices), and the tools that enable them to do so are inevitably gaining an increasing share of budget dollars

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How Can Access Management Platforms Improve Cloud Security?

Brian Mulligan from Security Intelligence wrote an article on how access management platforms can improve cloud security. According to the piece, traditional enterprise access management is rooted on-premises. A centralized access management platform lets security administrators remove authentication and authorization logic from business applications, saving application developers time and increasing security by providing uniformity of access controls.

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How to push security earlier into the dev process

According to Brandon Butler’s article in CSO, a new crop of products is emerging that aim to implant security best practices and compliance checks as early and often as possible when new infrastructure is spun up in the cloud or when new applications are launched in a rapid development environment.

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Why fear of the cloud is keeping government from its 21st-century potential

New initiatives to drive greater collaboration (both internally between teams and agencies, and externally with partners, suppliers and citizens) are being driven through a mix of cloud computing, social tools, mobile devices and collaborative work platforms — all of which present massive opportunities for government to benefit, noted Alastair Mitchell in Government Computing News (GCN).

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What interesting security and DevOps news did you read out there this week? Let us know in the comments.