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In AppSec, Fast Is Everything
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planetlevel
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planetlevel,
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10/20/2014 | 3:29:06 PM
Re: Fast Trumps It All
It's easy to think that Agile/DevOps are going to result in worse application security, because short release cycles don't allow for full application security reviews to occur.  But this thinking is wrongheaded for two reasons.

First, there's nothing you can do about it.  High speed software development is happening and it's very unlikely that security can make it stop (not that you'd want to).  If you try you will make yourself extremely unpopular and get marginalized. Ultimately, you'll end up hurting security by getting yourself cut out of the loop.

Second, these movements are a *massive* opportunity to do security better. These efforts are establishing the infrastructure necessary to do security at high-speed.  Security folks just need to learn about the tools being used for software development -- tools like Jenkins, Sonar, JIRA, Puppet, and others are easy to leverage to do realtime application security at scale.

Try the free Contrast for Eclipse with your Java developers, and see what a huge difference *fast* can make.  It really does change everything.

--Jeff
Robert McDougal
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Robert McDougal,
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10/17/2014 | 11:17:26 AM
Re: SCRUM Tactics and Ingrained Security
@RyanSepe The problem I have ran into when dealing with SCRUM and Agile programming is that the execs expect to receive quicker 'releases' by using the Agile methodolgy.  It has been a difficult road to get them to understand that security still must play a part in each sprint.  Have you seen this in your organization as well?
Marilyn Cohodas
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10/13/2014 | 3:33:30 PM
Re: SCRUM Tactics and Ingrained Security
Ryan, sounds like you are following similar tactics where you work. 
RyanSepe
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10/13/2014 | 12:32:25 PM
SCRUM Tactics and Ingrained Security
It is always best to have security in mind at the beginning stages of development. By ingraining app security at each step you will have a product that is honed not only towards user features but also provides the most secure implementation at rollout.

Its also important to think of this from a Scrum methodology standpoint. If app development is broken into sprints each level of the application will have an individual layer of security. A traditional approach will definitely leave certain holes within the product.
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10/13/2014 | 12:06:31 PM
Fast Trumps It All
So it sounds like AppSec is a viable tool that could prevent security defects from even happening in the first place. It also seems cost effective in the long run. The fact that app security defects increases the longer they are permitted to stay in the software baseline makes total sense, but it is something I never really thought about. Thank you for the information. I did not hear about AppSec prior to reading your article. You gave me something to think about.


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