As application security methodology and best practices have evolved over more than a decade, the Building Security in Maturity Model (BSIMM) has been there each year to track how organizations are making progress. BSIMM11, released last week by Synopsys, is based on the software security practices in place at 130 different firms across numerous industries, including financial services, software, cloud, and healthcare.
The practices were measured by the model's proprietary yardstick, which lumps 121 different software security metrics into four major domains: governance, intelligence, secure software development lifecycle (SSDL) touchpoints, and deployment. Each of these domains are further broken down into three practice categories containing numerous activities that slide from simple to very mature.
Similar to previous reports, BSIMM11 shows that most organizations are at the very least hitting the basics — including activities like performing external penetration testing and instituting basic software security training across development organizations. The following are the most common activities cited for each practice category, providing an excellent yardstick for the bare minimum that organizations should be doing to keep up with their peers.