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Thursday, September 26 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Being Powerful While Powerless: Elevating Security by Leading Without Authority

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Inculcating security into a company’s culture is a difficult task in itself. Let’s envision there’s a situation where you’re an individual contributor without a CSO or Director title. In addition, imagine that you’re the only member of the Security team and are solely responsible for securing the entire company in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. That illustration depicted my situation before we grew the team. Are you in such a position? Or are you considering a new opportunity with this scenario? In this talk, I’ll explore how I leveraged both technical and non-technical strategies for exerting soft power to build a functional, secure foundation and evangelize security as an IC on a 1-person Security team. By building tools and implementing programs, I effectively scaled myself across the organization (engineering and non-engineering alike) by empowering others to deeply care about security too. I’ll share lessons learned and how to thrive in this role.

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Nathan Yee

Application Security Engineer, Gusto
Nathan is an Application Security Engineer on the Security team at Gusto, where he partners with engineers to securely develop software by creating tools, consulting on security designs, and delivering security training. Before joining Gusto, he was an early engineer at Synack. Nathan... Read More →

Thursday September 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm CEST