Secure Development: Crafting Compliant Software by Design with SD Elements

Inject security into your code from the very beginning of the development lifecycle
Secure Development Challenges

The Importance of Secure Development in Protecting Customer Data

When software security is treated as an afterthought, rather than a vital step in the development process, it can lead to vulnerabilities in production, putting customer data at risk.

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Manual Processes

Manually gathering security requirements and addressing weaknesses can take weeks to months.

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Increased risk of breach

Manual security tasks increase vulnerability risks in production, causing breaches and compliance issues, which erode customer trust.

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Application security is a bottleneck

Slow, unscalable security methods delay software launch, harming competitiveness, and reducing revenue for organizations.

How SD Elements Can Help

Secure Development for Scalable and Compliant Product Releases

SD Elements will allow your organization to minimize the number of vulnerabilities in production ensuring that your customer’s data is protected

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Automate software threat modeling

Import a diagram and SD Elements will provide instant, developer-friendly security recommendations, prioritized requirements, and compliance guidance, seamlessly integrated into existing workflows.

Reduce security and compliance risks

SD Elements defines security and compliance requirements and controls early in development, minimizing costs and risks compared to addressing them later in the process, which can jeopardize on-time delivery.

Improve application security at scale

With SD Elements, application security practices can scale linearly with your business, reducing bottlenecks in the development process.
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Johnson Controls Accelerates Application Security With SD Elements

Johnson Controls, a well-known brand in the smart building space, takes a proactive approach to cybersecurity with SD Elements to ensure their systems are protected.

Establish Secure Software Development through Standard Practices

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“SD Elements is quite unique. It is exactly what we needed to expedite and enable our teams’ efforts in releasing secure applications.”
Brian Pitts
Product Security Governance, Architecture & Risk Management, Johnson Controls
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“SD Elements enables FINRA to quickly and accurately identify threats and countermeasures in the applications that power our business – at the speed of DevOps.“
Jeremy Ferragamo

Director of Cyber & Information Security, FINRA

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Secure coding is the practice of preventing security vulnerabilities in written code by writing code that follows strict principles. These principles govern coding techniques, practices, and the decision-making process of developers writing the code.
Security by Design starts with secure development requirements.


Secure development requirements are measures that must be implemented to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of software systems. Creating security requirements in the design phase of the SDLC, well before coding begins. This helps development, security, and operations build secure code before testing begins.


Secure development requirements identify threats to an application. While there are some best practices like input validation that are common to all development projects, others will be dependent on the technology stack, and applicable regulatory, customer, or internal requirements for each project. These can include threats inherent to the development language, software frameworks, and common attack patterns as well as threats for specific deployment environments such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
SD Elements is a developer-centric platform for automating secure development requirements and building secure and compliant software by design. Based on a brief survey, SD Elements identifies applicable regulatory standards and threats to an applications technology stack and deployment environment. It then translates those threats into actionable security controls and assigns them to development, QA, security, and operations through the teams’ existing systems such as Jira.
There are a few main secure development benefits that fuel our customers to use SD Elements, namely:


Speed to Market
Improve the speed of development by automatically identifying relevant risks and controls in minutes, and assigning easy-to-understand tasks to DevOps teams right in their issue tracking tools with SD Elements.


Software Security
Significantly reduce risks by automating your processes with SD Elements. It also improves your security posture, and can eliminate more than 92% of vulnerabilities.


Scale the implementation of secure coding and deployment standards across your entire portfolio by enabling a self-service approach to security. This will also help in improving collaboration and reducing friction between DevOps and security teams.


Ensure consistency in identifying security requirements, and boost productivity by automating security guidance and creating actionable tasks for DevOps teams.


Easily trace the completion status of security activities at any time in the software development life cycle, and instantly gain insights into your risk and compliance posture.

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