How bleeding edge software can be safer than long term support presented at BSidesManchester 2014

by Jesse Burns,

Summary : Why the future of secure systems is taking the risks of new features, and managing the risks of the latest versions rather than the old “playing it safe” on stable old versions. How to keep systems secure despite software needing frequent patches, and getting off the failed mindset of the reliable old version, or the software appliance.
The talk is about how we are moving towards fast patching, and away from long term support and software as an appliance. I will suggest we need to accept a lot more risk around applying updates, and be able to quickly regression tests our most important business functions well enough to stay on the bleeding edge versions of software.