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Twitter uses open source to automate security

Computer Weekly - Twitter is increasingly using open source automation tools to ensure security processes are taken care of in all the code it produces.

“Automation is where we see application security teams going in future,” Alex Smolen, Twitter product security team software engineer, told the Security Development Conference 2013 in San Francisco.

Apart from a desire by the team to write code that is as secure as possible, Twitter has a strong incentive for getting security right since the US Federal Trade Commission ordered the micro-blogging service to put in place an effective information security policy for 20 years.