Continuous Application
Security Program
Helping Businesses Develop an End-to-End Secure SDLC

Our Continuous Application Security Program helps organizations reduce enterprise risk by enabling them to build a Secure DevOps framework that offers faster release cycles without sacrificing security compliance. The result is a development process that supports business goals and long term initiatives while avoiding the security oversights and pitfalls that too often come with such changes.

Software security vulnerabilities are among the most commonly used weaknesses that hackers exploit to compromise business applications and steal data. Unfortunately, vulnerabilities at this level are also among the most difficult to fix because they require going back through development and making changes at the code level. The longer it takes organizations to identify software security vulnerabilities, the more money and time they end up spending to repair them, all while facing a greater risk of getting hacked.

The Secure DevOps Cycle

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As organizations increasingly embrace DevOps, they face new challenges for ensuring that all steps in their development process follow correct security procedures and that the software they produce is secure.

While DevOps offers the benefit of faster production timelines and continuous delivery, one challenge is that developers produce code faster and more often than security teams can keep up with. In a DevOps environment, security teams often have trouble performing proper security architecture reviews for each change and communicating and tracking security requirements.

Conversely, development teams have trouble keeping up with the demands of the security team, for example, when the security team sends developers an unmanageable volume of results from application security testing tools.

The solution may be found in Secure DevOps, which has been gaining momentum in large organizations that need to move fast and ensure a high level of security across their applications and operations. It is a practice that attempts to address all of these issues through two core principles: automation and education.

The Continuous Application Security Program can help organizations enable Secure DevOps by creating greater efficiency in every step of the secure SDLC. By implementing procedures, automated tools and training to push security activities across the SDLC, organizations can retain the benefits of DevOps while ensuring no compromises on application security.

Depending on an organization’s existing practices and the sophistication of their development lifecycle, we can support the definition, roll-out, execution, and reporting across the entire security program or across individual parts. With Security Compass, organizations can shift security left in their SDLC, allowing them to build secure software and minimize costly and time consuming errors later on.

Continuous Application Security Program

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Augmenting and Assisting Application Security Teams Effective rollout of tooling for the Software Security pipeline is essential. Each tool needs to be operationalized—results can be triaged, centralized, and automated. For each tool, this can involve establishing process, guidelines, configuration, and identifying baseline results. The expected tooling in a Secure DevOps environment includes:

  • Application Security Requirements and Threat Management (ASRTM)
  • SAST
  • DAST
  • Third-party and open source component analysis

Consultants can facilitate:

  • Logistics with product vendors
  • Matching automation inputs to outputs
  • Readying the toolset for rollout

Onboarding Applications into the Software Security Pipeline As developers onboard each application into the software security pipeline, automated tooling helps with the performance of security testing (SAST/DAST) to identify vulnerabilities and deliver results that get triaged and consolidated into a central vulnerability management repository for action by development teams.

Security Compass consultants can assist with triage, and helping to identify false positives, along with providing guidance and education to application teams. We have experience with onboarding and software security tooling to support the overall efforts of an organization’s security and development teams.

Developing a Software Security Strategy and Governance Model We can help organizations understand the program roadmap, identify key metrics that will define success, and the finetune the strategic approach being employed. If these steps have yet to be established, our consultants at Security Compass will help to produce this governance data by:

  • Defining the organization for the Software Security pipeline, including accountability, audit needs, regulatory needs, and management reporting.
  • Defining metrics to measure the success of tooling usage and adoption.
  • Measuring the success of the onboarded applications using the defined metrics, analyze the results and provide feedback to the process.
  • Identifying critical applications to be onboarded to the Software Security pipeline, key stakeholders, and ownership of critical processes.

Software Security Pipeline Development Once we define the supporting governance structure, and finish readying tooling, the next step is to formalize the process around the software security pipeline. This includes deciding which applications will be part of the pipeline, prioritizing these applications, training teams to leverage the tooling, and rolling out user guides. Security Compass can help develop the pipeline, aligned to the needs of your governance model and metrics. Activities can include:

  • Determining the applications to be included into the pipeline using a risk management approach.
  • User guidelines, FAQs, and seminars to educate application teams.
  • Initial pilot of the onboarding activities before rollout.

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Security Compass helps organizations reduce risk by adopting a lightweight framework to drive software security. Upon profiling your current software practices, we will target our framework to identify your unique security needs and prioritize efforts with the long-term goal of helping you reduce business risks.

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We offer many other services related to application security SDLC, including:

  • Secure SDLC gap analysis
  • Agile security
  • Ethical hacking program development
  • Training and Software Security Champions Programs
  • Other customized services

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you enable Secure DevOps and reduce enterprise risk.

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