March 17, 2021 • RBS

Categories: The Right Security

Kit Merker, Chief Operating Officer at Nobl9, joins Jake Kouns, CEO and CISO at Risk Based Security, to talk about Service Level Objectives (SLOs) and how to ensure that security is built into a high growth startup.

Kit has over twenty years of experience in large-scale software development projects and has worked in a variety of roles from coding to engineering manager. He has helped drive early-stage growth for Nobl9, previously helping JFrog grow into a billion-dollar company. Kit also worked as a product manager for Kubernetes and related container initiatives for Google Cloud. Before that, Kit spent 10 years at Microsoft, where he contributed on several products such as Windows, Azure, Office 365, and Bing.

Show Notes

0:00 – Speaker introductions
1:39 – Definition of key terms SLA, SLO, SLI, SRE
8:10 – What is Nobl9 and their Service Level Objectives Platform?
13:17 – Why your organization should consider SLOs
17:07 – Software reliability engineering in a security context
21:45 – Software updates
25:08 – Prioritizing security when building innovative products
29:53 – Startup & investment environment today
34:02 – Cyber insurance for startups
36:36 – “Please Everyone” by Kit Merker 
38:25 – Advice for startups during COVID times

Further Reading

The Right Security

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