• Did you know that 87% of the businesses never knew that they need
    to include security requirements alongwith business requirements ?

    Did you know that an organization opex increased 3-fold by failing
    to address the vulnerabilities in the design phase itself ? ?

    Did you know that application security revalidation after
    testing phase increases multifold by not performing threat modelling ?
  • Did you know that once an application is "Go-Live",
    it takes minimum 6-8 months extra to make it secure ?

    Did you know that 68% organizations never took security
    into consideration during the development stage ?

Secure SDLC

In the cutting edge of competitiveness, businesses are in the race of launching their product FIRST in the market. In this race to be the first, application architects and developers are focused on developing the application functionality and management is happy because the functionality serves the business needs. Hence, the application development is more aligned to the functionality and security-need of these applications have come down in the priority list.

So, while you would focus on business, we would be working closely with your DevOps team and embed security in all the phases of the Software Development Life cycle. This would involve including security requirements right from the Requirements gathering stage, threat modelling alongwith the Design phase, doing a Secure code review in the Development phase followed by penetration testing assessments in the Testing phase. Furthermore, we would also ensure Secure configuration of Frameworks and components in use and a secure configuration of the servers during deployment.

While the business comes up with a requirement to build an application, we would identify the security mechanisms that needs to be embedded into the application from the initial stage itself. When you make decisions about the technology, frameworks and languages we will be able to identify any particular vulnerabilities that your chosen technology is susceptible to, which will help you make informed security decisions during design and development. It is vital that you consider security during these early stages of the SDLC to guard against common vulnerabilities. By solving these vulnerabilities earlier in the development process you will save your team time and money compared with remedying them later.

Having identified particular vulnerabilities in your technology choices, we will follow specific architecture and design guidelines to combat those vulnerabilities. We follow the STRIDE and DREAD models for conducting Threat modelling of your application and brainstorm for vulnerabilities that may potentially arise when a defind business process would be penned down into a Functional Specification Document (FSD) or SRS. We would also perform the application architecture risk analysis and identify the dependencies for secure application integration across the environment.

During this phase, we would evaluat whether secure coding practices are implemented during the development of the payment application. Coverage would be also on the below points but not restricted to:

  1. Flow of cardholder data through the application
  2. Security features in the application:
    • Logging
    • User Authentication
    • Input Validation, etc.

Finally, once development is finished, a final secure code review along with manual testing can help detect logical code flaws and ensure that issues found during the development phase have been fixed correctly and new vulnerabilities have not been introduced. Testing tools can be programmed to look for clues in your code that point to vulnerabilities – things your developers may not have spotted during their code reviews. Static and dynamic testing tools can be huge assets in the fight for improved application security, but only if they’re used effectively. It’s essential to train your software engineers to use them properly – allowing them to weed out the false positives, and identify the real threats.

It’s vital that you remember that your testing environment is different to the real world: even after all your testing, unexpected errors or vulnerabilities can crop up during deployment that you hadn’t anticipated. One of the biggest risks is misconfiguration during deployment. To protect against this, we will have a dedicated member of staff overseeing deployment who is responsible for checking for any configuration errors to mitigate the risk.

Your software will require regular maintenance and updating, to keep up with changes to common technology, integrations with new tools, and emerging vulnerabilities. When you make any changes we will conduct ongoing code reviews to ensure that your changes haven’t introduced any new vulnerabilities to your code, and keep your software secure.