Episode 76 with Brendan Sheairs

Brendan Sheairs

In episode 77 of the We Hack Purple Podcast host Tanya Janca chats with Brendan Sheairs about her latest obsession; security champions! Brendan has significantly more experience in this area than anyone Tanya has met, so they dug in deep on this topic. We covered a lot in this episode, including;

• What the heck are security champions? Why would someone want them?
• You need building blocks
◦ Must haves: goals! Who will run it! What problem are they solving?
• What is the business goal? Or objective? You need a justification to do this!
• Getting buy in to be allowed to build a program
• Having fewer bugs in production
• Moral? Are they happier? Are they missing less work?
• Biggest challenge, time commitment for champions, and then no one is allowed to work on it
• You need top down buy in, but then the work happens bottom up
• 10% for champions, what does this mean? What can it look like?
• Conflicts of interest or alignment with other important things like deadline and bonuses
• Motivations: Career advancement and financial
• Things we can do to motivate champions
• What does a good program look like?
• If someone leading the program? Someone needs to be responsible for the program, or it will, for sure, fall apart
• Why would companies want to have a champs program: to reduce process friction (false positives, bugs not getting fixed, security being avoided)
• Ensuring people don’t dread working with the security team
• Making it as easy as possible to do security


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Shownotes 02/06/2023 12:00 am