August 30, 2017


As the DevOps movement gains momentum and maturity, IT organizations increasingly struggle to build out their teams with the right mix of skills. Whether it’s finding a team that contains the ideal balance of technical acumen and collaboration, or creating a world class team that demonstrates the convergence of security principles and tooling necessary to deliver both continuously and securely – these challenges pose one of the fundamental stumbling blocks impeding IT’s evolution to secure DevOps — better known as DevSecOps.

Join Alan Shimel Editor-in-chief of and Pete Chestna, Director of Development Engagement of CA Veracode as they engage in an interactive discussion on the current state of DevSecOps global skills based on findings from a recent survey conducted with DevOps professionals. Specifically they will discuss:

  • Factors causing the scarcity of DevOps-related skills
  • Benefits and drawbacks of various education models for IT and development teams
  • Establishing effective security training for developers and operations to securely deliver software at DevOps speeds and fully embrace DevSecOps principles

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Peter Chestna,

Director of Developer Engagement at Veracode

As Director of Developer Engagement at Veracode, Pete provides customers with practical advice on how to successfully roll out developer-centric application security programs. Relying on more than 10 years of direct AppSec experience as both a developer and development leader, Pete provides information on best practices amassed from personal experience in addition to working with Veracode’s 1,000+ customers.

Pete joined Veracode in 2006 as a software developer and was instrumental in delivering the first version of Veracode’s service to customers. Later, as Director of Platform Engineering, Pete built and managed the Agile teams responsible for delivering Veracode’s SaaS platform. He also built the first DevOps team to deliver microservices.  He is a certified product owner and scrum master. Pete also spearheaded Veracode’s initiative to automate the use of Veracode products into the company’s development processes called project Purina. Using this experience, he has spoken with hundreds of Veracode customers to help them set up similar programs.

Pete has more than 25 years’ experience developing software and has been granted 3 patents. He has been developing web applications since 1996, including one of the first applications to be delivered through a web interface. In his spare time he enjoys listening to Rush, drinking whiskey and programming on the Arduino platform.




Alan Shimel,

Editor in Chief,

As Editor-in-chief of, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology. Alan has founded and helped several technology ventures, including StillSecure, where he guided the company in bringing innovative and effective networking and security solutions to the marketplace.