Investing in software security doesn’t have to connect with tremendous costs, yet having an insecure app probably will. However, it must be done smart, as leaving security testing as a last part of the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) might point out vulnerabilities that would’ve been easy to avoid or fixed at low cost in early phases of the development process.
SSDLC is a Secure Software Development Life Cycle, which means the security is integrated into the development process and becomes a concern of every stakeholder participating in the project. Pursuing that approach gives you built-in security.
Primary advantages of Secure SDLC are:
- Security being a continuous concern
- Detecting flaws early and fixing them quickly
- Tremendous cost reduction due to early detection
- Rasing employee security awareness
- Overall business risks mitigation
Secure SDLC is set up by adding security-related activities to an existing development process. In an ideal scenario, the security team participates in the project from the very first stages of planning, looking for possible flaws and test areas in the concept of software. During the design stage, all security requirements and risks are talked through and written down. In the later phases, security assurance activities such as code review or pentesting are performed as a part of the development effort.
If your framework of choice is DevOps, that’s great. The next step is to add security in it and evolve into DevSecOps, with security being every stakeholder’s responsibility. The goal is to create a cooperative system, where everyone’s equipped with tools and processes to augment software security, as well as proper know-how. It leads to an ability to continuously monitor, attack and determine defects in a safe environment. In this case, security process automation is mandatory.
For mature organizations we provide:
- Smart implementation of automation tools to support your pipeline. If you use for example GitLab, Bitbucket or a GitHub we’ll help you with security automation with the highest signal vs noise ratio to optimize the process and make it as viable as possible
- Support in automated flaws reporting by integration with Jira and Slack
- Help in integrating Gitlab CI/CD and Jenkins to security measures for those who have a Continuous Integration/Delivery pipeline
- Support for Secure SDLC in cloud environments such as Azure or Amazon Cloud
- Containerization of testing environments with Docker or Kubernetes
If the development process is already on, we recommend conducting initial security testing, be it penetration tests or vulnerability assessment. This way we can touch the system, get to know it and understand the patterns of how the flaws came up and what’s their origin.