Nathan Cooprider 

Agent Team Lead at Threat Stack

“SDLC, SOC2, and other four letter words”

Except for any authors of trojans that may have stumbled in accidentally, we all want to write secure applications. In spite of our sincere desires, vulnerable code gets shipped. Why? What do we do to fix it? What can we do to prevent it from happening? The answers exist in the realm of the software development life cycle, or SDLC. Various compliance vehicles (such as SOC2) exist to help us formulate an effective SDLC, but any security expert knows that checking a box does not typically yield the desired results. This talk describes the SDLC used by the agent team at Threat Stack, while also bringing in outside experiences to supplement. It also goes over pitfalls observed and lessons learned. You might not use the same tools or produce the same product, but the talk focuses on principles to make the resulting product more secure.


Nathan Cooprider is the software team lead for the Threat Stack instance agent. Nathan comes to Threat Stack from the endpoint engineering team of Carbon Black. Prior to Carbon Black, Nathan led the signal processing software team for the MQ9 Predator drone at BAE. He received his BS in CS from Brigham Young University and his PhD in CS from the University of Utah. Nathan has over a decade of experience working with computer systems. This includes eight refereed publications on the static analysis of microcontroller applications written in C. He also wrote a paper on multivariate data visualization, co-authored a paper on multiple hypothesis tracking, and has supported language modeling research. Nathan’s accumulated experience with various software engineering languages and tools includes C, C++, python, doxygen, Jenkins, OCaml, CIL, cmake, and many others.

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