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National Coding Week Has Begun


Today marks the official start of National Coding Week. This week-long celebration is aimed at promoting the education of coding for all. As we see more industries become digitized, the importance of coding skills become more apparent in the workforce. 

In celebration of National Coding Week, three tech industry leaders have given their thoughts on why coding is so important in today's workforce.

Jeff Keyes, VP of Products, Plutora

"If you didn't realize how much businesses rely on software before the coronavirus pandemic started, you know now. With so many people working remotely, organizations are more dependent than ever on software that keeps the team on the same page and keeps the business operating smoothly. However, none of that can be accomplished without skilled development teams that are supported by strong and fluent coders. Just like a house needs a sturdy foundation upon which to build, an application also needs a solid foundation of well written code from developers.

Every company-from a fresh-faced startup to a seasoned enterprise-must have a talented team of code writers who can meet the demands of the rapidly-evolving software industry and do so quickly and at scale. Coding has become the language of business, and organizations must be fluent in order to achieve success."

Tony Goulding, Cybersecurity Evangelist, Centrify 

"DevOps has completely transformed the way IT practitioners look at coding and software development. As companies adopt best practices for DevOps and incorporate new technologies, tools and methodologies, incorporating privileged access management (PAM) to protect organizations from a cyberattack becomes increasingly complex.

Traditional methods of securing developer environments involve manual interventions and restrictive controls that can slow down the development and operations teams. Organizations now also have a rapidly-increasing amount of non-human identities to manage, such as applications, virtual machines, services and workloads running in the cloud. As a result, DevOps has shied away from keeping PAM in their environment because it proved too slow and complex to deploy and manage. However, the reality is that each new identity created represents a potential attack surface, even if short-lived.

This National Coding Week, it is important for organizations to look past legacy PAM methods and move to more modern methods of preventing cyberattacks from impacting their software development. Luckily, PAM solutions that support more modern application-to-application password management (AAPM) approaches can help DevOps teams secure privileged identities - both human and non-human. AAPM methods such as secure shell (SSH) keys, ephemeral tokens and Delegated Machine Credentials can seamlessly incorporate PAM into the DevOps pipeline, ensuring secure access that improves an organization's security posture and agility, while still helping developers meet their time-based goals." 

Henry Jewkes, Staff Software Engineer, Split

"The past year has clearly demonstrated the value of digital transformation that coders have brought to our world. At a time where we are all reducing our time in public spaces, code enables and empowers our commerce, our remote work, and our continued relationships with those important to us.

National Coding Week provides a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation to all those that make this possible. Coders have become an essential part of every business, advancing and maintaining websites, applications, and technical projects for customers and the companies as a whole. Now more than ever it is important to encourage and support those joining the field, and to encourage greater diversity in this increasingly distributed world."

Published Monday, September 14, 2020 1:04 PM by David Marshall
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