Application Security
1/15/2014
11:06 AM
Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail

What Healthcare Can Teach Us About App Security

The Centers for Disease Control protects people from health threats and increases the health security of our nation. It's a mission that's not so different from InfoSec.
1 of 2

1 of 2
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/21/2014 | 9:02:01 AM
Re: Wow! Check out this dashboard that tracks critical application security info in real time
Thanks for the great detail, Jeff. One last question from me (Others -- feel free to add yours to the thread!). What were some of the gotchas in the project that you would have done differently, or that didn't work out as well as you expected. 
planetlevel
50%
50%
planetlevel,
User Rank: Author
1/17/2014 | 11:24:08 AM
Re: Wow! Check out this dashboard that tracks critical application security info in real time
In this case, we worked with security team to put in place some tools to monitor application security continuously. One was ZAP proxy, which we put in place in their CI/CD environment to *passively* look for security practices. We have been adding some custom ZEST scripts to verify *their* security defenses.  There are a lot of tools -- some static, some dynamic, and some using instrumentation -- that can all help generate assurance continuously. Their initial investment was very low.  They started small just looking to verify SQL Injection defenses across their entire application inventory.  They use *positive* static analysis to verify that only parameterized queries are used across all their apps.  Now if any developer introduced a potential SQL injection problem it would show up on the dashboard immediately.
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/17/2014 | 10:05:36 AM
Re: Wow! Check out this dashboard that tracks critical application security info in real time
Sounds very promising. Who's idea was it or was it a project initiated by management. Sounds like it is already showing an ROI, but what was the initial investment (ball park) in terms of h/w, s/w and other related costs?
planetlevel
50%
50%
planetlevel,
User Rank: Author
1/17/2014 | 8:54:23 AM
Re: Wow! Check out this dashboard that tracks critical application security info in real time
Sure!  They have set up a variety of tools to report to a central server.  It's not as clean as they would like.  Some of the tools report via files, others by REST services, etc...   And their reporting engine doesn't generate a beautiful heatmap yet.  But they've got a great set of sensors started and they are adding more every day.  Their penetration testing costs are plummeting, because they no longer need to test for the items they are monitoring.  And (I believe) their assurance is going up, because the sensor they are deploying get better coverage and have more accuracy than the traditional ways of doing application security.
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/16/2014 | 3:49:26 PM
Wow! Check out this dashboard that tracks critical application security info in real time
Jeff, Can you expand a little bit more on how the company that developed this dashboard came up with the idea, some examples of how they are using it and some of their big sucess stories! Very cool stuff!
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
DevOps’ Impact on Application Security
DevOps’ Impact on Application Security
Managing the interdependency between software and infrastructure is a thorny challenge. Often, it’s a “developers are from Mars, systems engineers are from Venus” situation.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-6651
Published: 2014-07-31
Multiple directory traversal vulnerabilities in the Vitamin plugin before 1.1.0 for WordPress allow remote attackers to access arbitrary files via a .. (dot dot) in the path parameter to (1) add_headers.php or (2) minify.php.

CVE-2014-2970
Published: 2014-07-31
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2014-5139. Reason: This candidate is a duplicate of CVE-2014-5139, and has also been used to refer to an unrelated topic that is currently outside the scope of CVE. This unrelated topic is a LibreSSL code change adding functionality ...

CVE-2014-3488
Published: 2014-07-31
The SslHandler in Netty before 3.9.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop and CPU consumption) via a crafted SSLv2Hello message.

CVE-2014-3554
Published: 2014-07-31
Buffer overflow in the ndp_msg_opt_dnssl_domain function in libndp allows remote routers to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted DNS Search List (DNSSL) in an IPv6 router advertisement.

CVE-2014-5171
Published: 2014-07-31
SAP HANA Extend Application Services (XS) does not encrypt transmissions for applications that enable form based authentication using SSL, which allows remote attackers to obtain credentials and other sensitive information by sniffing the network.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio