Stanford Law and GitHub launch initiative to protect open-source developers

Stanford Law and GitHub are partnering on an initiative to protect the legal rights of open-source developers.

Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from 1998 prohibits the circumvention of technological measures employed by, or on behalf of, copyright owners to protect access to their works.

Open-source developers regularly face takedown claims under Section 1201 but, rather than fight it, they often decide to avoid the cost and risk by just removing the...

GitHub brings its suite of supply chain security features to Go

Go is receiving a boost from GitHub with the company bringing its supply chain security features to the Google-designed language.

According to GitHut, Go is currently the fourth most-popular language on GitHub. The Go community embraced GitHub and now the company is returning the favour by helping them to discover, report, and prevent security vulnerabilities.

Steve Francia, Product Lead of Go Language at Google, said:

“Go was created, in part, to address the...

Former NSA executive Jacob DePriest now heads GitHub’s security operations

GitHub has announced that former NSA (National Security Agency) senior executive Jacob DePriest is now heading its security operations.

Open source evangelist DePriest built the NSA’s Developer Experience from scratch and helped the agency’s developers contribute to the work of others. The NSA’s historically lengthy approval process was reduced from weeks to mere hours in some cases.

A 2019 post on the US Intelligence Careers website explains why DePriest has a...

2021 State of DevOps report highlights factors that lead to success

Puppet’s latest State of DevOps report arrives ten years after the first edition and highlights that successful DevOps is dependent on a number of factors.

The first State of DevOps report was released when DevOps was only discussed by some cutting-edge decision-makers. A decade on, 83 percent now report their organisations are implementing DevOps practices.

Michael Stahnke, VP of Platform at CircleCI, said:

“In ten years, we've gone from hype to practice...

GDC kicks off with over 550 game dev sessions, will return as in-person event next year

This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off today as a virtual event with over 550 sessions on all things game development.

GDC 2021 claims to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by virtual events. Back in 2020, around COVID-19’s historic peak, GDC was one of the first large events to be cancelled.

The organisers now have successive virtual events under their belt so it will be interesting to see how they’ve utilised their experience to...

Report: Sec and DevOps split on who is responsible for software security

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IT security and development teams are divided over who is and who should be responsible for securing software, a new report from cybersecurity company Venafi has shown.

When asked who is responsible for software security at their organisations, the sample of 1,000 DevOps and Sec professionals were equally split, with 48% saying development were and 48% saying IT security were.

Of far greater concern is the divide over who should be responsible for software security. Only...

83% of developers suffer from burnout and pandemic made it worse

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83% of software developers feel burnout from their work and 81% reported an increase in burnout as a result of the pandemic, according to a new study from Haystack Analytics.

The analytics firm has published its findings in a report designed to further understand the impact COVID-19’s disruption has had on developers.

Of those 83%, top reasons cited for burnout included 47% believing they had a high workload, 31% feeling processes in place at their companies are...

How SAFe improves software development and business agility

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In recent years, many organisations have turned to agile methodologies to optimise their software development processes. And while the approach has been widely successful, some businesses - particularly larger enterprises - have experienced more difficulties than others in transforming their legacy approach into an agile mindset, culture and processes.

In response to these circumstances, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) was designed to help large organisations successfully adopt...

Addressing software security for financial services in 2021

Companies operating in the financial services arena today must adhere to a whole host of complex regulatory standards, which makes perfect sense given both the assets and information managed by such firms are valuable and sensitive, and as a result, highly targeted by sophisticated cyber attackers daily.

Compounding these challenges is the large volume of personally identifiable information (PII) that such organisations handle too, which is subject to a plethora of industry...

Nintendo announces Switch OLED with minor improvements

Nintendo has finally announced its long-awaited new Switch model but without many of the rumoured upgrades.

The new Switch OLED, as its name suggests, boasts a new display that should improve some of the complaints about previous models having poor contrast and brightness. However, the rumoured bump to 1080p hasn’t materialised and the screen is still just 720p.

Nintendo has increased the screen size from 6.2-inch to 7-inch so a boosted resolution would have been even...