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Mother Nature vs Java – the security face off

by | Feb 11, 2022 | Voxxed Days Bucharest 2022

Grace Jansen is a Developer Advocate at IBM, working with Open Liberty, MicroProfile and Cloud Technologies. She has been with IBM since graduating from Exeter University with a Degree in Biology. Grace enjoys bringing a varied perspective to her projects and using her knowledge of biological systems to simplify complex software patterns and architectures. As a developer advocate, Grace builds POC’s, demos and sample applications, and writes guides and tutorials. She is a regular presenter at international technology conferences and has recently authored a book on reactive systems. Grace also has a keen passion for encouraging more women into STEM and especially Technology careers.

Steve Poole is a Developer Advocate, Security Champion, DevOps practitioner. Long time Java developer, leader and evangelist. Occasional Rock Star. I’ve been working on Java SDKs and JVMs since Java was less than 1. Whether leading or participating in various JSRs, being a committer on open source projects including ones at Apache, Eclipse and OpenJDK. A seasoned speaker and regular presenter at international conferences on technical and software engineering topics.

Mother Nature has had millennia to build up its defenses to the many potential hazards and attacks it may face. So, given its wisdom and expertise on this subject, what can we as software developers learn from it and bring back to the evolution of our own application’s security? In this session we’ll explore where software and biology overlap when it comes to security and lessons we can learn from nature to improve our own application security.

This talk will enable attendees to view security in a new light – making it more memorable and enabling them to evaluate their own app security and where they could improve. We’ll be using biological analogies to cement the need for security within our development processes and how we can look to nature for inspiration on how we can improve in our app’s evolution. This is a particularly topical subject and one that we don’t give enough focus too.