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My goal in this post is to skim my observations on the state of software design and development over the past year, and to try to find a meaningful way forward for myself for 2019. My perspective is limited by the fact that I have worked exclusively in client-side software security for the past 7.5 years. Still, I think there are broad trends visible even to me, and some clear signs about where we need to go as an industry.
For the third year in a row, I’ve decided to post a blog that comprehensively covers all the new Mac malware that appeared during the course of the year. While the specimens may have been briefly reported on before (i.e. by the AV company that discovered them), this blog aims to cumulatively cover all new Mac malware of 2018 - in one place.
We like to hope that we will consider all possible situations when devising our tests, but it’s all too easy to overlook the unusual cases. That’s the benefit of random test generators. We might feel comfortable after testing a few dozen test cases; these tools generate hundreds. With more stuff getting tossed at the wall, there is a greater likelihood that something interesting sticks.
Some of my professional experiences have involved participating in cross-functional areas, so I knew all my colleagues’ way of working. I remember a company which just started using Git a few weeks before I joined.
What will the Internet look like when humanity has reached interplanetary status? With companies like SpaceX aspiring to land the first humans on Mars by 2024, we don’t have a lot of time to figure it out. Thankfully there has already been some development in this space.