May 9, 2017

Entities and Security: identity matters

This article is an excerpt of topics discussed in the book Secure by Design that I'm currently writing together with Dan Bergh-Johnsson and Daniel Deogun.


Each part of your domain model has certain characteristics and a certain meaning. Entities are one type of model object with distinct properties. What makes an entity special is that:
  • It has an identity that defines it and makes it distinguishable from others.
  • It has an identity which is consistent during its lifecycle.
  • It can contain other objects, such as other entities or value objects.
  • It’s responsible for the coordination of operations on the objects it owns.
What this means is that if we need to know if two entities are the same, we look at their identities instead of their attributes. It’s the identity of the entity that defines it, regardless of its attributes, and the identity’s consistent over time.

January 17, 2017

New Book: Secure by Design - now in early access program

The blog posts have been sparse but I've still been writing a lot lately.

After years of thoughts, discussions, and trying out ideas in real projects, we decided to formalize our views on software security in the form of a book. A privilege to write a book together with such great co-authors as Dan Bergh-Johnsson and Daniel Deogun.

Today is a big day because the first early drafts of the book is now released to the public through the Manning ”early access program” (MEAP). We still have a long way to go, and a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I'm confident it'll turn out just as good as we hope - or better.

If you’re interested in reading a book in-the-making, or just want to ’pre-order’ the finished book, you can get it for 50% off until January 24 (2017) if you use the discount code "mljohnsson" (all formats)