CyberForces Secure SDLC

Secure SDLC

CyberForces Secure SDLC

Every digital organization is somehow connected to the software. Be it a multi-purpose financial app or a simple e-commerce internet store, they all must be properly developed and maintained. One of the growing concerns in this matter is the raising threat associated with insecure software. Business risks coming from security issues may be small if you react quick enough, or be the factor of doom if you don’t want to invest in the safety of your software. Feeling that their data is being threatened may be the reason clients move away from the company and in the digital era, the customer is both the judge and the executioner.

What is Secure SDLC?


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.

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The Secure SDLC process looks as follows:



NDA & system analysis


After signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, we start from analyzing the software, possibly perform code analysis if necessary.


Brief & documentation analysis


We ask the client for project documentation with a description of how is the security assurance conducted, that we analyse.




During the analysis, we focus on continuous communication with a client. Corporate culture processes are complicated, so we must ask a lot to fully understand the client’s business environment.




We deliver opinions and suggestions based on the analysis and interview with the client. The document is being reviewed by the client so we can assure we’ve understood everything and the client can check if he hasn’t missed anything.




We suggest a thorough strategy of how to increase software security maturity quarterly, yearly and in a two years cadence. While creating a strategy we consider the company’s current assets and infrastructure as well as its business growth plan.




After the strategy is delivered we provide the client with clues on how to implement it or we support him and guide through the whole process.

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What is a secure software manufacturing?


Secure software manufacturing is mind- and skillset that allows you to take into account all potential threats on every stage of a software production process. It significantly boosts the efficiency while lower the costs that might be incurred because of finding bugs late and having to deal with them right before the deployment.

How is secure software manufacturing performed and implemented?

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Secure software manufacturing starts from training your employees in tools, documentations and other solutions that can increase work effectiveness. Then our security-oriented QA is included into the software production team where he’s included into every step of software SDLC to provide constant support during the implementation of new processes and to later validate all the changes made.

Can I implement SSDLC into any framework?

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While it’s best suited for Agile and DevOps frameworks, where it’s easiest to implement from the start of the project, if adapted correctly, can also be a helpful asset in any other framework e.g Waterfall.

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