It could be very difficult to generate and implement a secure application development process which could cover all the vulnerabilities and requirements of specific projects right away. Managing a development team while making sure the proper secure procedures and coding is complied with is hard a task as well.
Following is the most frequent problems found with the application:
- Long time to determine which requirements needed for a specific project.
Where to even start? Each project has different and various requirements, and if trying to assemble them together yourself or rely on previous experience, itâs very likely you will waste time and still end up missing something anyway.
With SD Elements, developers will start with a simple but thorough questionnaire about their application. After that, a comprehensive set of threats that they will have to account for will be returned.
It also provides profiles for types of applications, like âJava EE Web Application,â which can help speed up the process and are useful for nontechnical members of the team right at the beginning.
- Inability to manage the requirements and organization management
SD Elements adds the applicable security requirements to your existing Application Lifecycle Management tools. Your team might know which threats apply to a project, the applicable security requirements will keep them organized and help them to manage requirements.
Through a rules editor, administrators can also add project-specific data, requirements, and tasks to match when tasks should appear inside a project, and they can also add new requirements as they come up. All of this enables requirements management to become an organic part of your teamâs development process rather than a tedious additional process prone to oversights and lack of organization.
The seamless integration of requirements management into your Application Lifecycle Management tools also means that SD Elements can work with any development framework or style, including agile.
- Developers are unaware of how to code securely
Developers are not necessarily expected to be up to speed on secure coding, but the tempo of a project might make learning difficult. To ease the process, SD Elements provides code samples showing developers how to implement security requirements in a wide variety of languages and frameworks so developers can learn by example. For those looking to move quickly, the platform can also provide succinct guidance on individual tasks as they are prioritized within the project.
Developers wanting to learn more can use the intuitive embedded training platform, which will link to relevant modules like OWASP Top 10. This combined with the features above make SD Elements users able to learn secure coding with both efficiency and depth.
- Failed compliance audits
Failed audits can cause major delays and even result in fines if not identified and fixed. The best solution is to understand what compliances are needed from the start and how to integrate them into an application during coding.
SD Elements helps you identify which compliances are applicable, including any new initiatives, then it distills the compliance standards into development requirements that can then be fed into your development process.
Compliance becomes another organic part of development, instead of an outside concern or last minute emergency.
- SAST/DAST tools giving unmanageable results
The best way to avoid getting unwieldy scanner results is to apply security standards as you code. Doing your best and checking later can mean going back and spending countless hours fixing code. The ability for SD Elements to integrate security requirements into all aspects of the development process helps developers create a firm foundation that can more easily stand up to scanning later.
On top of that, SD Elements integrates directly with your SAST/DAST tools, so scanner results donât have to be an unwelcome surprise.
Delayed release cycles caused by discovering numerous vulnerabilities
Security oversights may lead to unwanted delays at any point during the development process. Even worse, vulnerabilities may exist in finished applications that need to be fixed or they would be exploited.
This is ultimately what application security management comes down to: streamlining your development process so you can put out secure software according to your release cycles. If you company is committed to security, itâs better wait until it has the right end product, and this can mean long delays if it lacks a secure development process.
Thereâs no question software has to be secure. Itâs just a matter of how long and painful the development process is to get there. SD Elements can take a tedious, confusing, painful process and make it easy and simple.