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DevSecOps Implementation in the DoD: Barriers and Enablers

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Mar 25, 2019 · Webcast


In this webcast, panelists discuss potential enablers of and barriers to using modern software development techniques and processes in the DoD or similar segregated environments.

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About the Webcast
Today's DoD software development and deployment is not responsive to warfighter needs. As a result, the DoD's ability to keep pace with potential adversaries is falling behind. In this webcast, panelists discuss potential enablers of and barriers to using modern software development techniques and processes in the DoD or similar segregated environments. These software development techniques and processes are as commonly known as DevSecOps.  

What attendees will learn:

  • what DevSecOps is
  • common principles and techniques of DevSecOps factory concepts
  • the challenges involved in adopting modern software development practices in DoD environments
  • the use of cloud technology in software development

Who should attend?

Anyone working in software development, including technical managers, technical leads, developers, security team members, QA engineers, release/deployment engineers, and operational staff who

  • want to bring DevSecOps into their program
  • are looking for solutions to manage evolving software development needs
  • are challenged by slow deployment cycles in segregated environments
  • see a disconnect among business needs, development, operational, and security teams
  • are looking for strategies to convince their organization of the benefits of DevSecOps

About the Speakers

Nicolas M. Chaillan (IPA)
Special Advisor for Cloud Security and DevSecOps, OUSD(A&S)

Nicolas Chaillan is the former Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect at the Department of Homeland Security. He designed the new robust, innovative, and holistic .gov cybersecurity architecture ( that mitigates cyber threats by leveraging best practices and implementable solutions with minimal impact to workforce efficiency.

Chaillan is a technology entrepreneur, software developer, cyber expert, and inventor. He is a Senior Executive with over 19 years of domestic and international experience with strong technical and subject matter expertise in cybersecurity, software development, product innovation, governance, risk management, and compliance. Expert in numerous technological fields, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Big Data, multi-touch, mobile, IoT, Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, and wearables.

He is recognized as one of France’s youngest entrepreneurs after founding WORLDAKT at 15 years of age. Chaillan founded 12 companies, including AFTER-MOUSE.COM, Cyber Revolution, Prevent Breach,, and more. Over the last 8 years alone, he created and sold over 180 innovative software products to 45 Fortune 500 companies. In 2015, Chaillan decided to scale his incubation model and founded Nesting Partners to raise an incubation fund of $20M to create and incubate 10 to 15 projects. He is a sought-after adviser and speaker. His experience includes participating in multiple industry conferences and working in close collaboration with many Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Government. Chaillan is recognized as a pioneer of the computer language PHP.

Jeff Boleng
Special Assistant for Software Acquisition to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S))

Jeff Boleng serves as a key member of the Under Secretary’s executive leadership team, providing strategic focus and overall policy guidance on all matters of defense software acquisition. In this role, he leads the formulation of the department’s software acquisition strategy, advises department leadership on the latest best practices in commercial software development, supports the enterprise to build a team of top-tier software engineers, and works to develop modern software skills in the acquisition workforce.

Boleng has a breadth of experience across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the private sector. Prior to joining the DoD, he served as the Chief Technology Officer (acting) and Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Prior to that, he served for more than 21 years in the United States Air Force as a Cyberspace Operations Officer and Software Engineer. In his final assignment with the Air Force, Boleng served as the Deputy Department Head of the Department of Computer Science at the United States Air Force Academy.

Boleng is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds PhD and MS degrees in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, and he has a BS in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Hasan Yasar
Technical Manager, Adjunct Faculty Member

Hasan Yasar is the Technical Manager of the Secure Lifecycle Solutions group in the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Yasar leads an engineering group on software development processes and methodologies (specifically on DevOps and development), cloud technologies, and big data problems. His team also provides expertise and guidance to SEI clients.

Yasar has more than 25 years of experience as a Senior Security Engineer, Software Engineer, Software Architect, and Manager in all phases of secure software development and information modeling processes. He specializes in designing and developing secure software solutions in the cybersecurity domain, including data-driven investigation and collaborative incident management; network security assessment; automated, large-scale malware triage/analysis; medical records management; accounting; simulation systems; and document management. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and Institute of Software Research, where he currently teaches Software and Security and DevOps: Engineering for Deployment and Operations.



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