Showing posts from November, 2020

Hackweek 2020

Because we can One of our great pleasures and privileges at Thinkst is that every year we set aside a full week for pure hacking/building. The goals for our "Hackweek" are straightforward: build stuff while learning new things. Last week was the 2020 Hackweek work-from-home edition, and this post is a report on how it went.  Now in its the fourth year, our Hackweek has come to serve as a kind of a capstone to our year, and folks start thinking about their projects months in advance. The previous   editions produced some truly awesome projects, and topping would be was a serious challenge. Without q uestion  this has been our finest so far. We run Hackweek for multiple reasons. We're a company of tinkerers and builders, and dedicating time towards scratching that itch just feels right to us. Of course, there's sometimes downstream benefits to the Thinkst, either in terms of the projects folks worked on, or skills they've picked up. (Replacing our Redmine with Phab

New features aren't Solved Problems

One of the big disconnects in infosec lies between people who build infosec products and people who end up using them on the ground. On the one hand, this manifests as misplaced effort: features that are used once in a product-lifetime get tons of developer-effort, while tiny pieces of friction that will chaff the user daily are ignored as insignificant. On the other, this leaves a swath of problems that are considered “solved” that really aren’t. The first problem is why using many security products feels like pulling teeth. This is partially explained by who does what on the development team. The natural division of labor amongst developers means that the super talented developers are working on the hairy-edge-case problems (which by definition are edge-cases) while less experienced developers are thrown at “mundane” / CRUD parts of the system.  But most of your users will spend most of their time on those "mundane" parts of the system. It’s those common paths that are most