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Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
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planetlevel
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12/9/2013 | 12:58:09 PM
Re: App security tools ?
@danielcawrey At least as far as security is concerned, I believe that the lack of management support is a direct result of the lack of visibility into security.  Management gets a very unclear and spotty view of security across their application portfolio -- even on projects where security is a priority.  Developers can improve this visibility dramatically by writing test cases and other simple tools that demonstrate the security of their code.  For example, write a tool that shows all of your HTTP headers are set properly.  Or that every controller has the proper access control checks.  You'll find problems earlier and create the visibility that allows management to support you better!

--Jeff
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/9/2013 | 12:14:33 PM
Re: Re : Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
Gr8 advice, Jeff. Thanks. Here's the link to the OWASP DependencyCheck for anyone interested. This is also a good venue -- while you've got Jeff's ear -- to let him know how you like it and else resources you'd like to see in the OWASP libraries and frameworks.
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12/9/2013 | 11:57:57 AM
Re: Re : Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
@SachinEE -- Probably the first and best thing to do is to make sure you're using the latest version of your libraries and frameworks.   At least the ones with known vulnerabilities.  There are a few commercial tools, but the OWASP DependencyCheck is a great way to start.  Long term, we are going to a lot more help finding, selecting, integrating, maintaining, updating, and generally managing our libraries and frameworks.

--Jeff
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12/9/2013 | 11:54:07 AM
Re: App security tools ?
Hi irakov,

You're right that developers are often put into the very difficult position of being blamed for security problems without the proper process/tools/time/etc... to actually make that happen.  I gave a talk recently "Application Security at DevOps Speed and Portfolio Scale" that presents a new approach to this dilemma.  I'll be writing more about this, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.  youtube.com/watch?v=cIvOth0fxmI

--Jeff
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11/27/2013 | 1:09:29 AM
Re : Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
This is quite understandable that when developers have to leverage their app with other sources like libraries which are not under their control they are dealing with danger. What could possibly be done about it? Should they be selective about giving access to libraries considering potential vulnerabilities which come with them? Or they can actually do something about those vulnerabilities?
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11/27/2013 | 1:09:24 AM
Re : Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
@ danielcawrey, I strongly agree with you on this. It is a problem developers have always been complaining about that they are not given sufficient time to do their job thoroughly and their own way. When you are tightly running against time, you are sure to miss out on some minor things which in case of application development don't prove to be that minor vulnerabilities.
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11/26/2013 | 1:01:52 PM
applications security
Beyond encryption, new technologies/processes (keyless authentication) for secure applications are being developed. I believe that that will be the future of data integrity.
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11/24/2013 | 4:54:35 PM
Re: OWASP A9 & Components
Time is not given for appropriate security testing because security still doesn't rate high enough in enough people's minds.  That has to change.
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11/22/2013 | 2:33:02 PM
OWASP A9 & Components
Thanks for article Jeff, and your presentations at AppSecUSA! It's great to see that OWASP has recognized the prevalence of components in today's applications. Sonatype has done research that indicates that the average application consists of 80% or more open source components. While using components like web frameworks, logging utilities, database access routines, etc., speed development, if organizations don't manage the use of components, they can put the organization at risk.

We published a whitepaper that addresses the A9 requirement and application components -

http://www.sonatype.com/resources/whitepapers

There is also a PCI related whitepaper as well.

Thanks, 

Mark Troester

Sonatype

@mtroester

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/22/2013 | 8:08:55 AM
Re: App security tools ? & deadlines and security priorities
I've heard that complaint from developers many times, danielcawrey. What do you think management should know about the software development process that would lead to better application security? 
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