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Every company needs technology: the top 3 tech trends to focus on this year

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Technology has made great leaps in the past few years. Think about the difference in your personal devices from 2015 to now — in 2015 your smartphone didn’t have facial recognition, and you didn’t have to be careful saying the word “Alexa” in a friend’s home, lest you wake up an Amazon Echo.

Speed or Security? With DevSecOps, You Can Have Both

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It's a truism often tossed around among software engineers: the faster you can find a bug, the cheaper it is to fix it. Lately, we've been publishing a series about DevOps — the combination of development and operations teams, de-siloing IT, embracing automation and extending agile development practices past development and across the applications lifecycle. Speed is a huge benefit of DevOps — when workflows are automated, code is released faster.

Five Things to Know About Software Security

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Five things. If you want to see an interesting cross-section of culture go to YouTube.com and search on "five things". Dogs. Beauty tips. Snipers. Things guys do that girls hate. Things girls do that guys love. Things found underwater that no one can explain. Five things might be enough to cover some of those topics. We're looking at software security. Five things is barely enough to get started. A good start is better than not starting, so five things it is.

Is MarkLogic a Secure NoSQL Database?

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Another data breech. A billion accounts this time. If the security of your internal databases wasn't on your mind before, it should be now. NoSQL = No Injection, Right? We've written about the benefits of a NoSQL database. Does having a NoSQL database also include the benefit of being safe from SQL injection attacks like Little Bobby Tables? (courtesy of XKCD.com)  Yea, no. If only life were that easy. Turns out NoSQL databases are still vulnerable to injection-based attacks through other technology vectors including Javascript (Source: Adobe.com PDF.) Using NoSQL Securely Between data injections and other security issues, NoSQL has a reputation for being less secure than a more traditional SQL database. Some of that is due to NoSQL's open-source heritage. Some of that is due to NoSQL being a younger and less mature technology.

Amazon’s Early Answer to IoT Security

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched a new service this year to help people work with internet connected devices, also known as Internet of Things. Things are a thing, and they actually call these devices "Things" in their service. There is a lot of interest in connecting things to the internet these days, and while times are still early, vendors like Amazon have staked a claim as to a) what they believe they can offer and b) what is important going forward that is missing from many implementations. Of these the biggest is security.

How secure is YOUR application?

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Information security is one of those topics that everyone is concerned about but no one really wants to deal with. Yet, you can play the “what if” scenarios in your head until they keep you up at night. There is a constant war going on between those who have information, and those who are seeking to steal it.  Gone are the days of having a group password posted on the wall for an application that only a handful of people use. Gone are the days when careless coding mistakes are only noticed by the original developer and ignored. Gone are the days when information security is given a back seat, when the thought of security risks rarely enters the development process.