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OPEN TALK: Shift Data Security to the Left


Steve Luplow
Absio Corporation, Vice President, Software Development


Steve has over 25 years of experience in software engineering, technology architecture, and solution consulting for a wide array of commercial and federal organizations. He currently leads the software development and solutions architecture teams at Absio Corporation, where he oversees the design and implementation of all in-house and custom software engineering projects. Steve has spearheaded the development of innovative data security solutions for cloud, mobile, IoT, blockchain and more traditional client-server applications, resulting in improved safety while optimizing usability and performance. Prior to joining Absio, Steve ran his own software engineering and design consulting firm for 12 years. When Steve isn’t geeking out over a new software project, he can found running marathons, skiing, fly fishing and brewing his own beer.


Historically, data security has been an afterthought — something that others handle; the IT team will handle it after our software goes live, the client will handle it with hardware. In today’s environment of large-scale data breaches, data security as an afterthought is too little too late.

Application and data security should be part of every design and product roadmap discussion just like functionality, stability and user experience. The more mobile the data needs to be, the more agile the solution needs to be. By shifting security conversations to early in the product development lifecycle instead of after code has already been released, software organizations can save money, better differentiate their offerings and scale more effectively in the long run. This session will discuss important design considerations for application-level security and how to select tools and methods that support your software architecture instead of dictating it.