In a previous post, we received a question asking, "what is a secure software development lifecycle"? This is an excellent question, and one that I receive quite often from organizations during an application security assessment.
Let's quickly review the Software Development Lifecycle, also known as the SDLC. The goal of an SDLC is to provide a process for project teams to follow when developing software. A series of steps are completed, each one with a different deliverable, eventually leading to the deployment of functioning software to the
For the second year in a row Jim Bird and I have helped SANS put together a "Survey on Application Security Programs and Practices". We asked some of the same questions as the previous year, just in a different way. Some interesting trends this year, as taken from the executive summary of the soon to be published paper, include the following:
- There was a significant improvement in the number of organizations implementing application security programs and practices. The percentage of organizations that have an active Appsec program increased from 66% last year to 83% this yearand many of the organizations that do not have a program in place yet are at least following some kind of ad hoc security practices.
- Organizations are testing more frequently. In this year's survey, more than one-third are doing continuous, ongoing security testing of their applications, whereas only 23% indicated doing so in our ...
Help!!! Developers are going blind from Log Files!
This is a post by Sri Mallur, an instructor with the SANS Institute for SANS DEV541: Secure Coding in Java EE: Developing Defensible Applications.Sri is a security consultant at a major healthcare provider who has over 15 years of experience in software development and information security. He has designed and developed applications for large companies in the insurance, chemical, and healthcare industries. He has extensive consulting experience from working with one of the big 5. Sri currently focuses on security in SDLC by working with developers, performing security code reviews and consulting on projects. Sri holds a Masters in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX and an
Late last year SANS conducted a survey on application security practices in enterprises. One of the questions asked in the survey was how often organizations are doing security testing. The responses were:
- No security testing policy for critical apps: 13.5%
- Only when applications are updated, patched or changed: 21.3%
- Annually: 14.3%
- Every 3 months: 18.0%
- Once a month: 9.5%
- Ongoing: 23.3%
What was most interesting to me is that almost of organizations are doing security testing on an ongoing, near-continuous basis — testing applications as they are being developed or changed.
The only way to test this frequently, and the effective way to scale security testing in large enterprises with thousands of applications and hundreds of web sites, is by relying heavily on
SANS has just opened a survey to understand more about the challenges and risks that companies are facing in application security, and what tools and practices people have found are most effective in managing appsec problems.
Please follow this link and take 5-10 minutes to answer the survey questions:
Help shape the future of application security practices and technologies and also enter to win a $300 American Express gift card, which will be awarded to one lucky winner!
Sponsored by NT OBJECTives, Qualys, Whitehat Security and Veracode, this survey will remain online until November 7, 2012. Results will be published at http://www.sans.org/info/113477 on December 13, 2012, during a related