Application Security Services

Companies that identify and remediate software vulnerabilities early and often will generate software maintenance savings that reduce overall development costs.

Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Security Integration

Secure SDLC Coverage

When it comes to secure coding, this reactive secure development approach is setting software teams up for failure. To achieve true improvement, security should be integrated over the entire SDLC. The four core areas of secure software development include:

  1. Security Engineering. These activities include security requirements elicitation, definition, and enforcement; creating a secure architecture based on well understood and vetted principles; use of static analysis tools and manual inspection code review techniques; and penetration testing.

  2. Software Security Assurance. These activities include verification & validation, expert review, artifact review, and evaluations.

  3. Organizational & Project Management. These activities include executive sponsorship, administrative controls, and organizational policies. Activities also include project planning, resource allocation, and security metrics to ensure that security activities are properly planned, managed, and tracked.

  4. Risk Identification & Management. Managing security risks is one of the most important components in a secure SDLC and drives all subsequent activities.

It's more than best practices

Too often, identifying and remediating vulnerabilities is seen as a task performed during the testing phase, at the tail end of the software development lifecycle (SDLC).

The final deliverable was thorough and of high quality. We look forward to working with Praetorian again in the near future.

Taylor Ettema, Product Manager
Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Praetorian works with your development team to integrate secure development activities over the entire software development process. The end goal of secure SDLC integration, is to drive and empower developers to perform secure development activities as part of their standard development process.

Security activities within the SDLC
Table: Security SDLC Integration (enlarge)

We Offer Secure Development Services Across the Entire SDLC, including:

Application Security Services Data Sheet

Threat Modeling

Praetorian's threat modeling service helps identify over 75 percent of major security design flaws, reduces the scope of security code reviews to only those lines and components that matter, narrows and guides the focus of penetration tests, and minimizes the need for expensive code rewrites when problems are discovered.

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Application Penetration Testing

The overall goal of an application penetration test is to uncover software vulnerabilities, demonstrate the impact of weaknesses, and provide recommendations for mitigation. Our team provides a detailed and in-depth security analysis of your organization's critical applications.

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Code Reviews

Security code reviews help software development teams find security bugs early in the development cycle. In 2011, Forrester reported that it can cost up to 30-times more to fix security bugs later in the development process. Not 30 percent more, but actually 30-times more!

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Secure Policy Creation

Studies have consistently shown that building security in early, and throughout the software development lifecycle, is the most effective approach in achieving assurance. With that in mind, Praetorian creates a comprehensive set of policies, guidelines, and standards that provide development teams with the resources and knowledge necessary for building reliable, rugged, and secure software.

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We leverage a number of maturity models, including: 1) CMU's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), 2) Cigital's Build Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM), 3) OWASP's Software Assurance Maturity Model (OpenSAMM), and 4) Microsoft's Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL). While the component names may vary between maturity models, the fundamental categories of any maturity model will include governance, design, verification, and deployment. To reach a maturity rating, an organization must integrate software security "activities" across these components. A few examples of activities may include, but are certainly not limited to, security training, requirement reviews, threat modeling, code reviews, and application penetration tests.

Praetorian's consultants have experience across all maturity models. The maturity model selection process is driven by your organization's values, as well as its familiarity, understanding, and receptiveness to a particular model - we guide your organization through the entire process.

Build better, safer, more secure software

Praetorian will work with your development teams to integrate secure development activities over the entire software development process. The end goal of secure SDLC integration is to drive and empower developers to perform secure development activities as part of their standard development process.

Leveraging a maturity model is the best approach to integrating security over the entire software development lifecycle. A maturity model is appropriate for two reasons. First, the business objectives of a company and the maturity of its software security practice will vary widely from one organization to the next. Not all organizations need to achieve the same security goals, but all organizations can measure their standing against a uniform yardstick. Second, integration almost always means changing the way an organization works - something that doesn't happen overnight. A maturity model provides a way to assess the state of an organization, prioritize changes, and demonstrate progress.