As a software and cyber guy, I’m always trying to find the balance between security and innovation/velocity. It’s not easy but it’s doable. Particularly thanks to DevSecOps.
I’ve founded 12 companies, starting with my first company AKT back in France at 15. I’m 38, moved to the United States 12 years ago, became a U.S citizen, 6 years ago.
We managed to build 180 products over the last 20 years, and sold them to 45 fortune 500.
A month after becoming a citizen, this was during the ISIS attacks all over the world, including Paris, and I wanted to make a difference.
I joined the Department of Homeland Security where I became the Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect.
I realized pretty quickly that the government was very far behind our commercial sector!
I then received a call from the Department of Defense to lead their Digital Transformation and became the Special Advisor for DevSecOps and Cybersecurity at OSD.
From there, we created the largest DevSecOps implementation in the world, in the behemoth that is the Department of Defense, with 100,000 developers and about $60B of software funding. I became the first Chief Software Officer for the United States Air Force and Space Force and we demonstrated that a small group of people can get stuff done and have a real impact by deploying modern DevSecOps principles and open source foundational technologies to the largest weapon systems on the planet.
That’s right, we’ve put Kubernetes and the Service Mesh Istio, the foundation of our DevSecOps platform, on jets, bombers, space and even nuclear systems.
In one only year, we managed to save a 100-year of time with 27 DoD programs.
I truly believe that the future of education has to drastically change. We must teach our kids how to learn. Self learning will be essential to be able to keep up with the crazy innovation pace.
That's why I decided to create Learn with Nic and to create this first course.
That’s why this course covers key culture principles such as “how to balance cyber and innovation” “how to enable your teams to focus on mission software” “how to make sure you’re not building software in a vacuum” “how to build an enterprise DevSecOps platform team” and “how to fail fast, learn fast but don’t fail twice for the same reasons”, all the way to technology key foundation topics such as “What is Kubernetes, Service Mesh, Chaos Engineering, GitOps, Cattle vs Pet, Observability, SBOM” and back to tremendous case studies such as “SpaceX vs F35” and the DoD wide Enterprise DevSecOps initiative case study as well!
This course is really designed for anyone but we’ve also taken the liberty to create personas so that based on your role or where you want to go, you will know exactly where to focus and how to get started. We still believe everyone should know everything in this course, but at least, you can prioritize.
Even technical people who are a little bit behind when it comes to these new technologies can use this course to rapidly catch up. As I said earlier, we will also provide curated deep technical content for a follow-up technical deep dive course.
In this first course, we cover over 40+ segments – they’re short and to the point for maximize time efficiency but more importantly, we do not let it get stale.
We will update these curriculums, once a year at minimum but also, we will be releasing content weekly, have live Q&A sessions with our subscription members and even conduct one on one briefs. We want to bring real value here, not some useless certificate already outdated by the time you’re finished.
Continuous Self Learning. That is the future.
We’ve already helped many Fortune 500 and SMBs drastically accelerate their DevSecOps implementation and maturity.
Now, if we managed to do this in the DoD, the largest organization, with the most silos, bureaucracy and the most sensitive mission in the world, I thought that our lessons learned, expertise and our experience would bring value to others in many other verticals.
If the DoD was able to get this done within 2 years, so can your organization whether is it in Banking, Healthcare, Telco, Retail, Space or more! No excuse.
By giving you the culture tools, the technology understanding, the case studies to back it up with your leadership, we make sure that everyone is able to understand why DevSecOps and Digital Transformation are essential capabilities to ensure that your organization is still competitive and thrives.
Let’s be clear, as an investor myself, the DevSecOps maturity of organizations is a tremendous indicator whether or not I should invest in that business.
More importantly, you will rapidly discover if you’re not already convinced, that you got no chance of success without DevSecOps in today’s competitive world.
So, let's invest in YOURSELF for a change and let’s get started by understanding what DevSecOps and its benefits really are.