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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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3/28/2014 | 12:51:23 PM
Continuous application security approach
Curious to know how common -- or uncommon -- it is for organizations to take a "continuous security approach." What are some of the biggest challenges? Who within the Dark Reading community has considered or attempted such a strategy? 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/29/2014 | 11:20:43 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
I know from being in the Healthcare Industry that application security is a large concern. My team has not been able to test app security continuously because for us there are regulations that make it increasingly difficult. This is why continuous network security is the main focal point, but as the article delineates, this does not have much effect on the app vulnerabilities.

For my previous statement regarding regulations making this difficult, take into account the following healthcare scenario that happens quite often. An FDA approved device can perform a medical task. This device needs to be used and functionality is the biggest proponent when creating these devices. This device has a software counterpart that not "speaks" to the device to extract data. The computer software can be locked down via LDAP/ other authentication methods etc but what about any software direclty on the device. Currently, many devices can be considered "smart" devices in which they have their own software directly on the device to handle and transmit data through many mediums. Many FDA devices cannot not handle multiple security safeguards and are initally barely locked down at launch making them increasingly harder to secure. Has anyone had a similar situation in their line of work and how have they handled this situation?
WireHarborSec
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3/31/2014 | 12:37:25 PM
Large-Scale AppSec Programs
In my previous role I managed the appsec team with a company who's portfolio spanned over 3K applications. The *only* way to scale appsec programs to this size is by using a continuous-type approach. Internal pen-testing teams cannot keep up. 

Add in agile development methodology and it gets even more chaotic. 
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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3/31/2014 | 3:05:39 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
I work in the banking/finance industry and we test "all" web apps prior to being deployed, it is a necessity and any findings that are in the high or medium categories have to be fixed before going live. We test and code according to the OWASP secure coding practices which takes to time for developers to adhere to. This approach helps us.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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3/31/2014 | 3:09:48 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
Thanks, Randy. How long have you been folloowing these practices? What has been your biggest challenges and successes?
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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3/31/2014 | 3:18:22 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
We have been doing this for the last 10 years at least, one challenge is to make sure developers use secure coding techniques it helps the security testers to develop a best practices approach to their whole web app program. This approach must have buy in from management because when vulnerabilities are found the decision must be made to not go live until remediation is complete. The business reputation depends on it.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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3/31/2014 | 3:25:10 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
thanks. I can see how important app security must be in the financial sector! How often in the last couple of years have you actually put a web app on the back burner until insecure coding is fixed. 
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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3/31/2014 | 3:32:37 PM
Re: Continuous application security approach
Not really on the back burner but the decision has been made to push back "go live" date until app is fixed and retested. This makes all involved with deployment pay attention to details. 
planetlevel
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planetlevel,
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4/1/2014 | 3:38:06 PM
Re: Large-Scale AppSec Programs
@wire - I'd love to find out more about how you scaled up your appsec program continuously.  I think there are many organizations that could benefit from your experiences.  Would you be willing to discuss with me for a few minutes? If so, please reach out at [email protected] and we can set something up.  I'm gathering data for a future blog.  Thanks --Jeff
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/1/2014 | 4:05:14 PM
Re: Large-Scale AppSec Programs
@wire and @planetlevel - The Dark Reading community would also be interested in hearing about your appsec scaling experience, so please share your experience on the message boards if you can!
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