Application Security , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

Behind Agency Doors: Where Is Security Progress Being Made?

Air Force Chief Software Officer on Info Sharing, Executive Orders and More
Behind Agency Doors: Where Is Security Progress Being Made?
Nicolas M. Chaillan, chief software officer, U.S. Air Force and Space Force

Nicolas M. Chaillan knows a lot about securing U.S. government applications. He's the first chief software officer for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, a former special adviser for cloud security and DevSecOps at the Department of Defense, and former special adviser for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security,

On the important topic of information sharing between the public and private sectors, which is key for protecting critical infrastructure, he says current federal CISO Chris DeRusha has made "definitive progress when it comes to the adoption of zero trust and the ability to start sharing threat intelligence." But more automation is needed in the process, Chaillan adds.

In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Chaillan also discusses:

  • The "forcing function" of executive orders, and how - although "all executive orders are just unfunded mandates" - President Joe Biden's cybersecurity executive order on software will likely lead to companies fixing critical vulnerabilities;
  • How "China is embracing agility" and whether the U.S. can fight against pushback from legacy suppliers and make technology decisions faster;
  • The need for "continuous learning" evolving at the speed of technology and not allowed to go "stale."

Chaillan, the first chief software officer for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. previously served as special adviser for cloud security and DevSecOps at the Department of Defense, and special adviser for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. He previously worked as a serial entrepreneur and senior C-level executive with over 22 years of domestic and international experience in security, software development and risk management. He founded the company WORLDAKT at the age of 15 to pioneer the use of the PHP programming language.




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