MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today released BSIMM8, the latest version of a leading software security maturity model, which is based on real-world data and helps organizations plan, execute, and measure their software security initiatives (SSIs). The eighth iteration of the Building Security in Maturity Model (BSIMM) is based on data collected from the largest community to date. BSIMM8 shows that software security is becoming a critical business priority with more organizations benchmarking their efforts early in their SSI lifecycle and using the results strategically to improve their risk posture over time. To download the report, visit https://www.bsimm.com/download.html.
"With the rise of widely distributed and increasingly disruptive attacks targeting vulnerable software, we're seeing a shift from the reactive 'penetrate and patch' approach toward more proactive strategies that empower organizations to build secure software systematically from the ground up," said Dr. Gary McGraw, vice president of security technology at Synopsys. "Organizations are beginning to understand that they can mitigate risk more effectively by establishing a software security initiative, assessing their strengths and weaknesses early on through instruments like the BSIMM, and focusing their efforts on the most appropriate practices and activities."
BSIMM8 includes data collected from 109 firms and describes the work of 4,769 software security professionals. Their work guides and maximizes the security efforts of almost 300,000 developers across approximately 95,000 applications. BSIMM8 firms represent industry verticals including financial services, independent software vendors (ISVs), cloud, healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT), and insurance.
Key findings from the BSIMM8 study:
According to Gartner, "Application security requires a structured, programmatic approach to deal with the seeming chaos of new technology and an evolving threat landscape. A successful application security program must be a balanced combination of people, process, and technology."2
The BSIMM observes firms that have established real software security initiatives, quantifying the occurrence of 113 activities to show the common ground shared by many initiatives as well as the variations that make each initiative unique. The BSIMM data show that high-maturity initiatives are well-rounded—carrying out numerous activities in all 12 of the practices described by the model. Organizations can use the BSIMM to compare initiatives and determine which additional activities might be useful.