Better Software Magazine Articles

Taking the Risk: Exploration over Documentation

The loudest voice in the room might push for a stable, predictable, repeatable test process that defines itself up front, but each build is different. An adaptive, flexible approach could provide better testing in less time with less cost, more coverage, and less waste.

Matt Heusser's picture Matt Heusser
Practical Security Testing for Web Applications

It seems like every week the press has yet another story about security breaches or stolen data at some of the world’s largest companies or government agencies. Sometimes the responsibility for ensuring thorough security resides with an IT security group, and other times it gets outsourced altogether. The responsibility seldom falls to testing teams. However, this is changing. Having trained and experienced testers hunt for security bugs will make web applications safer from hackers and will further protect consumers, corporate assets, and brands.. Scott Aziz offers some practical techniques that will help you get started.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
Mobile Challenges for Project Management: The Project Factors

Developing software for mobile apps requires a different mindset from developing for computers. Some concepts transfer directly, but there are many device-related challenges managers must overcome. In part one of this two-part series on mobile challenges, Jonathan Kohl addresses some of the project factors managers should take into account during mobile application development.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?

After reading the book The Day the Phones Stopped, which was published in 1991, Lee began wondering why the poor software quality and complaints about development and testing documented in this book are the same complaints we hear today.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland

Interviews

Why You Need to Do More Than Just Test Requirements: An Interview with Jon Hagar
Video

Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer with over thirty years of experience. In this interview, Hagar discusses how reviews impact mobile app development and testing, security issues in the mobile and embedded world, and why you need to do more than just test the requirements.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Security Testing in an Agile World: An Interview with Jeff Payne

Jeffrey Payne sat down with Noel Wurst to discuss a range of topics, including advice for teams that are attempting agile for the first time, the importance of clear communication between teams, and the ways that security testing has changed alongside modern technology.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Data Protection is Everyone's Job: An Interview with Michael Jay FreerMichael Jay Freer sat down with us ahead of his Better Software Conference 2012 presentation titled "Information Obfuscation: Protecting Corporate Data." Michael discusses the need for many companies to make a greater effort at masking data and how that task requires everyone to be on board.
Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

Conference Presentations

Security Testing for Test Professionals
Slideshow

Your organization is doing well with functional, usability, and performance testing. However, you know that software security is a key part of software assurance and compliance strategy for protecting applications and critical data. Left undiscovered, security-related defects can wreak...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Oh, WASP! Security Essentials for Web Apps
Slideshow

The past few years have seen a rapid increase in business efficiency through Web-based applications. Unfortunately, a dramatic increase in the number of web application vulnerabilities has followed. Insecure web applications can be disastrous for mission critical businesses and users'...

Benny Paul, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Security Testing for Testing Professionals
Slideshow

Today’s software applications are often security-critical, making security testing an essential part of a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeff Payne as he shares...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Software Security Goes Mobile
Slideshow

Erik Costlow says that, as more and more business is transacted on mobile platforms, securing the applications and data that run on them is a business imperative. Developers and their managers are asked to make key decisions regarding data caching, authorized permissions, authentication...

Erik Costlow, HP Enterprise Security

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