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Incorporating Supply Chain Risk and DevSecOps into a Cybersecurity Strategy

March 2022 Podcast
Carol Woody, PhD

Carol Woody, a principal researcher in the SEI's CERT Division, talks with Suzanne Miller about supply-chain issues and the planning needed to integrate software from the supply chain into operational environments.

“More and more of our software is coming from third parties. So we know less and less about the details of it, and the people who are building it are much more often integrators as opposed to writers of software.”

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Abstract

Organizations are turning to DevSecOps to produce code faster and at lower cost, but the reality is that much of the code is actually coming from the software supply chain through code libraries, open source, and third-party components where reuse is rampant. The downside is that this reused code contains defects unknown to the new user, which, in turn, propagate vulnerabilities into new systems. This is troubling news in an operational climate already rife with cybersecurity risk. Organizations must develop a cybersecurity engineering strategy for systems that addresses the integration of DevSecOps with the software supply chain. In this podcast, Carol Woody, a principal researcher in the SEI's CERT Division, talks with Suzanne Miller about supply-chain issues and the planning needed to integrate software from the supply chain into operational environments. The discussion includes building a cybersecurity engineering strategy for DevSecOps that addresses those supply-chain challenges.

About the Speaker

Carol Woody, PhD

Carol Woody, PhD

Dr. Carol Woody has been a senior member of the technical staff since 2001. Currently she is the technical manager for the Cyber Security Engineering (CSE) team, whose research focuses on meeting the ...

Dr. Carol Woody has been a senior member of the technical staff since 2001. Currently she is the technical manager for the Cyber Security Engineering (CSE) team, whose research focuses on meeting the challenges of cyber security in acquisition, system and software engineering.  CSE is building capabilities in defining, acquiring, developing, measuring, managing, and sustaining secure software for highly complex networked systems as well as systems of systems.

Woody is an experienced technical researcher whose work has focused on government agencies, higher education, and medical organizations. She has helped them identify effective security risk management solutions, develop approaches to improve their ability to identify security and survivability requirements, and field software and systems with greater assurance.

As a consultant for ImageWork Technologies Corp., Woody managed the user testing for CITYTIME, a timekeeping application being developed for New York City. She also consulted with the Queens County District Attorney's Office of New York City to design and implement an electronic document management system. New York City's Administration for Child Services chose her to integrate financial information among state, city, and agency financial systems and also to construct a financial data warehouse and implement web-enabled processes for managing social service payments. As project manager at Yale University, Woody served as architect and implementing project manager for an integrated ID card solution, developed technical specifications and assisted users in vendor review and selection for a procurement package, designed and implemented expert system technology for distributed data collection, and managed a team of technicians supporting the financial operations of the university.

Woody holds a PhD in information science from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and a BS in mathematics from William and Mary.

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