STARWEST 2022 Concurrent Session : Security Testing is Everyone's Responsibility


Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Security Testing is Everyone's Responsibility

How many news stories have you seen recently where a company puts out a statement stating they have been hacked? As applications grow in complexity and scale with technologies such as mobile, microservices and cloud hosting, testers are finding themselves on the forefront of needing to understand how to add security to their suite of testing skills. Paired with an uptick in bad actors trying to take advantage of any application that can be reached via the internet, there is a large need for security testing. Unfortunately, combined with the move to push testing left, security is oftentimes left behind and security testing is not considered as part of the core skill set of a tester like exploratory testing or risk based testing. Adam shares how any tester can adopt a security mindset and introduce basic security tests to any testing strategy for an application. Join Adam as he shares techniques on how to learn when and where to perform security testing, how to engage with your internal security teams, security tools to get started and even how to start down a path as a career security tester. 

Adam Satterfield
Global Payments

Adam Satterfield, Sr Director of Test Engineering at Global Payments, has been in the software testing industry for 20 years. He has a wide background in industries such as military, SaaS, telecom, mobile, healthcare and finance. Adam enjoys leading and mentoring quality assurance teams as well as teaching testers how to find their inner testing star. He has spoken at multiple conferences and authored blog posts related to automation, DevOps and testing leadership. Currently, Adam is working within Merchant Technology at Global Payments to lead the test engineering team to drive automation and instill testing best practices within the CI/CD pipeline. He also is working on innovation within test engineering in the spaces of AI/ML and Blockchain. Outside of testing, Adam enjoys blacksmithing and woodworking to keep his critical thinking skills fresh. He also moonlights as a 10u girl's soccer coach for his daughter's soccer team.