Security in the Community

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What is Security in the Community?

This is a set of guides to teach developers how to learn security from online services like Stack Overflow.

Why should I use this?

Developers can find it hard to engage with security; it’s typically taught in terms of checklists and things that can go wrong, and that's hard to relate to. Especially when there are no security experts available, developers—especially programmers—have few options other than to learn from the web, and services like Stack Overflow have a worrying reputation for delivering poor security advice.

These materials show how your developers can learn effective security from such services, by selecting good advice and engaging with other users.

How can it be used?

All three versions contain much the same information, though the video is simplified. We suggest you make them all available to the developers in your team, to use in their own time:

This activity might be right for you if you want:

How do I access the guides?

Click the appropriate button below to access the online guide, the online video, or the poster.

The short open-access paper Taking the Middle Path: Learning about Security Through Online Social Interaction outlines the research and reasons behind this advice. Click here for the full reference.

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