We had the good fortune of connecting with Damilare D. Fagbemi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Damilare D., how does your business help the community?
Today, the world’s technologies run on software… transport, commerce, banking, healthcare, you name it. Because of this, my team and I at ResilientSoftwareSecurity.com are convinced that secure software makes the world better. Our view is supported by a recent Forrester Research survey which showed that 42% of organizations that had experienced a Cybersecurity breach blamed the incident on a software security bug. The urgency here is further emphasized by the U.S President’s recent directive that tech and software companies must bake security into their products in order to bolster the nation’s cyber security. But there’s a problem. Although the big tech companies have built competence in the art of securing software, most startups, small, and medium-sized software businesses have not. This is quite concerning since 43% of cyber attacks today target smaller businesses. At Resilient, we developed a Software Security Playbook – with strategies, tooling, and automation – specifically to empower startups to mediums sized software companies, who work with sensitive data, to make their software much more secure without breaking the bank.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our origin story is somewhat unique… or perhaps, mine is;) Often, I’m asked… “how did you get into software security”? My answer, years ago as I deployed a startup app that my boss and I had sweated on, it was hacked. Instead of the press carrying the news of the launch as we had planned, they carried the news of the hack. So, I didn’t get into software security, it got me:) And that path took me through software security engineering and security architecture.

Our mission and adventure at Resilient Software Security are to continuously explore how we can address the gap in software security knowledge, tooling, and funding that are commonplace to most software startups across the world.

We are learning that well-defined, highly repeatable, and superbly documented processes are key to lowering the cost of delivering our services, while centralized and automated software security tooling is necessary to lower the cost of tool adoption for most customers. For instance, very few of the world’s 28 million developers – those numbers are from Evans Data – can afford to spend thousands of dollars per year on software security consultants or tools.

If you’re a SaaS company, if you’re a startup/ small/medium-sized software business, if you process sensitive data, if your technology involves AI/ FinTech/ HealthTech/ Energy or Utilities, we can help.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Favorite spots in the city:

– Camelback Mountain, Echo Canyon Trail: Such a wonderful, beautiful, tough! exhilarating, and rewarding hike. Best done early in the morning, even in the winter. You don’t want to be hiking when that Arizona sun shows up.

– Saguaro Lake: A beautiful place for a family picnic, “beach” soccer, and waterfront hiking.

– Phoenix Art Museum: I greatly enjoy the varied art presentations.

– Tempe Beach Park: A great place to people watch:) A lively place for an evening outdoors.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow! I could write and write, and still not be done! I’ve been helped by so many. And yet there’s one clear place to start… Jesus, and my faith in Him. He’s truly the foundation of my daily hope, courage, and joy on my entrepreneurial journey. Then…

– Mentors and comrades: Yep! 1st my parents who have invested so much in me – time, energy, prayers, money – Professor and Dr. Fagbemi. My wife, Attiyah, who keeps on keeping on, believing that… if it’s worthwhile, it’s possible:)! Brent Richardson and Adam Gonzalez who’ve taught me loads about the value and essence of faith in marriage, parenting, and business. Brook S.E Schoenfield, David M. Wheeler, and James Ransome who’ve taught plenty about the art of software security. Anebi Agbo and Brent Hatchet with whom I’ve bounced a great many ideas as we got set to launch our businesses and ministries. And so so many more… my siblings, my teachers, my pastors, my friends!!

– Groups, Organizations, & Companies: CornerstoneAZ Church, SeedSpot, Galvanize, Intel Corp, McAfee, University College of Dublin, University of Ibadan…

– Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, The E-Myth Revisited – “Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It” by Michael Gerber, Linchpin by Seth Godin, Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis, The Screw Tape Letters by C.S. Lewis, and Bearing The Cross by David J. Garrow.

BTW if you think this is long lolz, I had to make myself stop:))

Website: https://resilientsoftwaresecurity.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/resilient-software-security

Twitter: https://twitter.com/resilientswsec

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