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OPEN TALK: How Data From Penetration Tests Can Help You Understand, Fix, And Prevent Security Bugs

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Nick Terkay
Cobalt, Director of Engineering, Customer Experience

Loves APIs. Self starter. Lifelong learner. Dog person.Nick Terkay is a driven technology leader with over a decade of experience in delivering software products at the intersection of high technical quality and delightful user experiences.Nick has worked as a software engineer, consultant, director, VP, startup founder and volunteer. He is currently the Director of Engineering at Cobalt.io, focused on building strong product engineering teams that solidify Cobalt’s mission.


Penetration tests can give developers invaluable information on what issues slip past their reviews. Not only that, they can give clues on big-picture questions like “Do we have a wider design problem with user authorization?” or “Are we making repeat mistakes from one test to the next? Why?”

Rather than a lengthy to-do list, findings from a penetration test can be a collection of metrics you can track to improve the quality of your code, and the performance of your team. In this session, I’ll walk you through the most common metrics in penetration test reports, and map them to the questions they can help answer: from finding the bug, to fixing and preventing it.