GitLinks.com launched a new site and a new Free Trial

A new year brings in new beginnings. For us at GitLinks, we’re excited to announce that today we’re disrupting the open source monitoring industry by publicly and officially releasing our open source monitoring platform. This SaaS platform is the first in the open source security realm to be designed specifically for cybersecurity management.

GitLinks has several features in this initial release that are specific to management. First, GitLinks plugs directly into the CI to continuously monitor the code for open source that was added. In doing so, GitLinks monitors the open source code for security vulnerabilities, legal compliance, and version…


The office dedicated for Cybersecurity Factory teams to work at in Cambridge, MA.

In Summer 2017, the GitLinks team partnered with the Cybersecurity Factory. We benefited immensely from this experience, so I thought I’d share here some of our takeaways for other entrepreneurs considering it. After three months of participating in the Cybersecurity Factory, our product improved, our strategy for targeting clients with a cybersecurity product was refined, and our network grew immensely.

Our Product Improved

GitLinks is a SaaS company that helps make open source safe for enterprises to use, and we made great strides with the help of the Cybersecurity Factory mentors. We were able to show our product to the mentors and have…


This week, we moved office locations away from the Cornell Tech co-working space to a new space graciously provided by Morgan Stanley.

As I’ve reflected on the lessons we’ve learned while building our company, one thing is clear now that we’re close to two years from when our journey began: none of this would have been possible without Cornell Tech.

Nwamaka Imasogie and I have benefitted from working side by side with Cornell Tech the last few years. We graduated with masters degrees in computer science and business, and since then Cornell University and the Cornell Tech staff and faculty…


This week, we’ve moved office locations away from the Cornell Tech co-working space to a new space graciously provided by Morgan Stanley.

As I’ve reflected on the lessons we’ve learned while building our company, one thing is clear now that we’re close to two years from when our journey began: none of this would have been possible without Cornell Tech.

Nwamaka Imasogie and I have benefitted from working side by side with Cornell Tech the last few years. We graduated with masters degrees in computer science and business, and since then Cornell University and the Cornell Tech staff and faculty…


200,000 victims in 150 countries, ransoming data for money

The #wannacry security vulnerability hit news headlines with lots of flair. How could we be so vulnerable to lose all of our data? It shocked the world, but many of us that run companies in the application security space don’t find it all too shocking. It’s the unfortunate reality that we have to wait for catastrophe in order to act upon a known threat. Until others close to us, or we ourselves, have to deal with the aftermath of something terrible, we think of things like application security threats as a fictional boogeyman.

In North Carolina in 2010, a tornado…


Why application security monitoring is essential when using open source code

Why Does Application Security and Compliance Matter in Business?

Using open source libraries to make a cool app on a Hackathon weekend is probably fine. But you should STOP using open source to build products that you sell or distribute unless you have accounted for the risks outlined in this article.

After surveying over thirty successful founders and corporate development officers, we at GitLinks found that one of the biggest surprises experienced by companies during the acquisition process is the ‘tech audit’. …


Why application security monitoring is essential when using open source software

Why Does Application Security Matter in Business?

Using open source libraries to make a cool app on a Hackathon weekend is probably fine. But you should STOP using open source to build products that you sell or distribute unless you have accounted for the risks outlined in this article.

After surveying over thirty successful founders and corporate development officers, we at GitLinks found that one of the biggest surprises experienced by companies during the acquisition process is the ‘tech audit’. …


To get GitLinks off the ground, we needed to reach out to as many people as possible and get their feedback on what we were doing. We needed to find the business problem we needed to solve, so we reached out to potential customers in a variety of areas. We sorted people by job title, size of company, and type of industry. Then we sent out emails and tracked which type of people responded to our probes. Here is how we found emails, structured the emails, and sent and tracked the emails:

Gathering Emails

Two plugins I added to my gmail are…


4 steps to safely using open source in application development

The Open Source Revolution

When Bill Gates and Paul Allen built their first commercial software in the 70’s, every line of code was written solely by the two of them. And for the decades following, large teams of developers rented out big office spaces to collaborate and build software, and then that software was sold commercially.

In the last decade, however, the software development lifecycle has changed dramatically. Not only do we not have to sit next to each other in order to work on the same software nowadays, our brainpower is not limited to just the people on our teams. The explosion of…


4 steps to safely using open source in application development

When Bill Gates and Paul Allen built their first commercial software in the 70’s, every line of code was written solely by the two of them. And for the decades following, large teams of developers rented out big office spaces to collaborate and build software, and then that software was sold commercially.

In the last decade, however, the software development lifecycle has changed dramatically. Not only do we not have to sit next to each other in order to work on the same software nowadays, our brainpower is not limited…

Ian Folau

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