Shifting Security Left: Self-Service Security for Developers and Beyond

Chris Merkel

Chris Merkel

Speaker Bio

Chris Merkel, Senior Director – Cybersecurity Operations, Northwestern Mutual


The shift to the cloud, Agile and DevOps is making it more difficult than ever for security teams to control what happens in their organizations and secure systems.

The obvious solution is more security tools, more security people, and ever-inventive ways to reign in your environment.

You. Will. Fail.

The only way to get better is by giving up the illusion of control and the delusion that you can achieve control.

Instead, we’ll talk about how engineering automation to create a culture of empowerment, self-reliance and trust can result in better security outcomes. Along the way, we’ll learn about how the adoption of Agile and DevOps is creating value in some unexpected ways…