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Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Podcast Series

Technology Podcasts

The SEI Podcast Series presents conversations in software engineering, cybersecurity, and future technologies.

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United States

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The SEI Podcast Series presents conversations in software engineering, cybersecurity, and future technologies.

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English


Episodes
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An Introduction to Capability-Based Planning

7/18/2024
Capability-Based Planning (CBP) defines a framework that has an all-encompassing view of existing abilities and future needs for strategically deciding what is needed and how to effectively achieve it. Both business and government acquisition domains use CBP for financial success or to design a well-balanced defense system. The definitions understandably vary across these domains. In this SEI podcast, Anandi Hira, a data scientist, and William R. Nichols, an initiative lead for Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis, introduce CBP and its use and application in software acquisition.

Duration:00:33:55

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Safeguarding Against Recent Vulnerabilities Related to Rust

7/1/2024
What can the recently discovered vulnerabilities related to Rust tell us about the security of the language? In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, David Svoboda discusses two vulnerabilities, their sources, and how to mitigate them.

Duration:00:26:25

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Developing a Global Network of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs)

6/21/2024
Cybersecurity risks aren’t just a national concern. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the CERT division’s Tracy Bills, senior cybersecurity operations researcher and team lead, and James Lord, security operations technical manager, discuss the SEI’s work developing Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) across the globe.

Duration:00:30:51

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Automated Repair of Static Analysis Alerts

5/31/2024
Developers know that static analysis helps make code more secure. However, static analysis tools often produce a large number of false positives, hindering their usefulness. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), David Svoboda, a software security engineer in the SEI’s CERT Division, discusses Redemption, a new open source tool from the SEI that automatically repairs common errors in C/C++ code generated from static analysis alerts, making code safer and static analysis less overwhelming.

Duration:00:27:05

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Cyber Career Pathways and Opportunities

5/28/2024
Not all paths to cybersecurity careers look the same. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Randy Trzeciak, deputy director of cyber risk and resilience in the SEI’s CERT division, discusses his career journey, resources for pursuing a career in cybersecurity, and the importance of building a diverse workforce.

Duration:00:31:23

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My Story in Computing with Sam Procter

4/24/2024
Sam Procter started out studying computer science at the University of Nebraska, but he didn’t love it. It wasn’t until he took his first software engineering course that he knew he’d found his career path. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Sam Procter discusses the early influences that shaped his career, the importance of embracing different types of diversity in his research and work, and the value of a work-life balance.

Duration:00:37:15

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Developing and Using a Software Bill of Materials Framework

4/4/2024
With the increasing complexity of software systems, the use of third-party components has become a widespread practice. Cyber disruptions, such as SolarWinds and Log4j, demonstrate the harm that can occur when organizations fail to manage third-party components in their software systems. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Carol Woody, principal researcher, and Michael Bandor, a senior software engineer, discuss a Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs) framework to help promote the use of SBOMs and establish a more comprehensive set of practices and processes that organizations can leverage as they build their programs. They also offer guidance for government agencies who are interested in incorporating SBOMs into their work.

Duration:00:37:37

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The Importance of Diversity in Cybersecurity: Carol Ware

3/21/2024
In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Carol Ware, a senior cybersecurity engineer in the SEI’s CERT Division, discusses her career path, the value of mentorship, and the importance of diversity in cybersecurity.

Duration:00:26:37

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The Importance of Diversity in Software Engineering: Suzanne Miller

3/21/2024
In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Suzanne Miller, a principal researcher in the SEI’s Software Solutions Division, discusses her career path, the value of mentorship, and the importance of diversity in software engineering.

Duration:00:29:02

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The Importance of Diversity in Artificial Intelligence: Violet Turri

3/15/2024
Across the globe, women account for less than 30 percent of professionals in technical fields. That number drops to 22 percent in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Violet Turri, a software developer in the SEI’s AI Division, discusses the evolution of her career in AI and the importance of diversity in the field.

Duration:00:16:57

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Using Large Language Models in the National Security Realm

2/15/2024
At the request of the White House, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) began exploring use cases for large language models (LLMs) within the Intelligence Community (IC). As part of this effort, ODNI sponsored the Mayflower Project at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) from May 2023 through September 2023. The Mayflower Project attempted to answer the following questions: How might the IC set up a baseline, stand-alone LLM? How might the IC customize LLMs for specific intelligence use cases? How might the IC evaluate the trustworthiness of LLMs across use cases? In this SEI Podcast, Shannon Gallagher, AI engineering team lead, and Rachel Dzombak, special advisor to the director of the SEI’s AI Division, discuss the findings and recommendations from the Mayflower Project and provides additional background information about LLMs and how they can be engineered for national security use cases.

Duration:00:34:45

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Atypical Applications of Agile and DevSecOps Principles

2/9/2024
Modern software engineering practices of Agile and DevSecOps have provided a foundation for producing working software products faster and more reliably than ever before. Far too often, however, these practices do not address the non-software concerns of business mission and capability delivery even though these concerns are critical to the successful delivery of a software product. Through our work with government organizations, we have found that expanding DevSecOps beyond product development enables other teams to increase their capabilities and improve their processes. Agile methodologies are also being used for complex system and hardware developments. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Lyndsi Hughes, a senior systems engineer and David Sweeney, an associate software developer, both with the SEI CERT Division, share their experiences leveraging DevSecOps pipelines in atypical situations in support of teams focused on the capability delivery and business mission for their organizations.

Duration:00:33:41

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When Agile and Earned Value Management Collide: 7 Considerations for Successful Interaction

1/31/2024
Increasingly in government acquisition of software-intensive systems, we are seeing programs using Agile development methodology and earned value management. While there are many benefits to using both Agile and EVM, there are important considerations that software program managers must first address. In this podcast, Patrick Place, a senior engineer, and Stephen Wilson, a test engineer, both with the SEI Agile Transformation Team, discuss seven considerations for successful use of Agile and EVM.

Duration:00:35:21

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The Impact of Architecture on Cyber-Physical Systems Safety

1/24/2024
As developers continue to build greater autonomy into cyber-physical systems (CPSs), such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and automobiles, these systems aggregate data from an increasing number of sensors. However, more sensors not only create more data and more precise data, but they require a complex architecture to correctly transfer and process multiple data streams. This increase in complexity comes with additional challenges for functional verification and validation, a greater potential for faults, and a larger attack surface. What’s more, CPSs often cannot distinguish faults from attacks. To address these challenges, researchers from the SEI and Georgia Tech collaborated on an effort to map the problem space and develop proposals for solving the challenges of increasing sensor data in CPSs. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Jerome Hugues, a principal researcher in the SEI Software Solutions Division, discusses this collaboration and its larger body of work, Safety Analysis and Fault Detection Isolation and Recovery (SAFIR) Synthesis for Time-Sensitive Cyber-Physical Systems.

Duration:00:34:05

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ChatGPT and the Evolution of Large Language Models: A Deep Dive into 4 Transformative Case Studies

12/14/2023
To better understand the potential uses of large language models (LLMs) and their impact, a team of researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute CERT Division conducted four in-depth case studies. The case studies span multiple domains and call for vastly different capabilities. In this podcast, Matthew Walsh, a senior data scientist in CERT, and Dominic Ross, Multi-Media Design Team lead, discuss their work in developing the four case studies as well as limitations and future uses of ChatGPT.

Duration:00:46:22

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The Cybersecurity of Quantum Computing: 6 Areas of Research

11/28/2023
Research and development of quantum computers continues to grow at a rapid pace. The U.S. government alone spent more than $800 million on quantum information science research in 2022. Thomas Scanlon, who leads the data science group in the SEI CERT Division, was recently invited to be a participant in the Workshop on Cybersecurity of Quantum Computing, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to examine the emerging field of cybersecurity for quantum computing. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Scanlon discusses how to create the discipline of cyber protection of quantum computing and outlines six areas of future research in quantum cybersecurity.

Duration:00:23:01

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User-Centric Metrics for Agile

11/16/2023
Far too often software programs continue to collect metrics for no other reason than that is how it has always been done. This leads to situations where, for any given environment, a metrics program is defined by a list of metrics that must be collected. A top-down, deterministic specification of graphs or other depictions of data required by the metrics program can distract participants from the potentially useful information that the metrics reveal and illuminate. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Will Hayes, who leads the Agile Transformation Team, and Patrick Place, a principal engineer on that team, discuss with principal researcher Suzanne Miller, how user stories can help put development in the context of who is using the system and lead to a conversation about why a specific metric is being collected.

Duration:00:31:41

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The Product Manager’s Evolving Role in Software and Systems Development

11/9/2023
In working with software and systems teams developing technical products, Judy Hwang, a senior software engineer in the SEI CERT Division, observed that teams were not investing the time, resources and effort required to manage the product lifecycle of a successful product. These activities include thoroughly exploring the problem space by talking to users, assessing existing solutions, understanding the competition, and positioning the product to create value for customers. In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Hwang talks with principal researcher Suzanne Miller about the importance of implementing foundational product management principles in software and systems development and offers resources for audience members who looking to strengthen their Agile product delivery practices.

Duration:00:24:19

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Measuring the Trustworthiness of AI Systems

10/12/2023
The ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to partner with the software engineer, doctor, or warfighter depends on whether these end users trust the AI system to partner effectively with them and deliver the outcome promised. To build appropriate levels of trust, expectations must be managed for what AI can realistically deliver. In this podcast from the SEI’s AI Division, Carol Smith, a senior research scientist specializing in human-machine interaction, joins design researchers Katherine-Marie Robinson and Alex Steiner, to discuss how to measure the trustworthiness of an AI system as well as questions that organizations should ask before determining if it wants to employ a new AI technology.

Duration:00:19:27

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Actionable Data in the DevSecOps Pipeline

9/13/2023
In this podcast from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Bill Nichols and Julie Cohen talk with Suzanne Miller about how automation within DevSecOps product-development pipelines provides new opportunities for program managers (PMs) to confidently make decisions with the help of readily available data. As in commercial companies, DoD PMs are accountable for the overall cost, schedule, and performance of a program. The PM’s job is even more complex in large programs with multiple software-development pipelines where cost, schedule, performance, and risk for the products of each pipeline must be considered when making decisions, as well as the interrelationships among products developed on different pipelines. Nichols and Cohen discuss how PMs can collect and transform unprocessed DevSecOps development data into useful program-management information that can guide decisions they must make during program execution. The ability to continuously monitor, analyze, and provide actionable data to the PM from tools in multiple interconnected pipelines of pipelines can help keep the overall program on track.

Duration:00:31:58