26 Oct, 2020

How To Protect Your Software And Infrastructure With A Secure Architecture Review

by nVisium

Understanding the full attack surface and risk model for your software architecture by analyzing the way it’s built, deployed, and maintained is the best way to ensure a potential attack doesn’t become a compromise. Testing your products and building a strategy that protects your software, infrastructure, and users with a secure architecture review is paramount to ensure your company is protected from cyberattacks.

What Is A Secure Architecture Review

Hacker101 has a great video to provide a basic understanding of what a Secure Architecture Review is and how best to understand its value. The video provides this basic definition:

“A secure architecture review is, at its core, one that acknowledges that bugs invariably exist and seek to limit their impact and value. By accepting that all code is fallible, the priority can shift to minimizing damage when a component is compromised.”

The primary goal of an architecture review is to identify and highlight all security weaknesses in the design, the application, or cloud environment. These findings will be used to re-architect or implement compensating controls to ensure areas of weakness are addressed.

Protecting Your Software And Infrastructure

In order to build secure software from the ground up through a secure architecture reviews, you will need to start with manual reviews and interviews. These should be be conducted to uncover a firm understanding of the application or cloud environment. At a minimum, your client processes and configurations will be reviewed before making security recommendations. Other artifacts may be requested depending on identified strengths and weaknesses. For a complete secure architecture review you will need to examine processes and configurations across:

  • SDLC Style
  • Coding Practices
  • Testing Procedures
  • Code Promotion Process
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Encryption
  • Web Servers
  • Application Servers
  • Database
  • Servers
  • Firewalls (Web, Network)

The result of a secure architecture review is to deliver a full report with the relevant discoveries, findings, and recommendations to improve security and data protection of the application or cloud environment. A comprehensive, prioritized list of potential exploits specific to your application or cloud will have been analyzed against existing organizational processes and technical weaknesses. You should also receive a list of security risks as well as guidance to resolve these issues.

Secure Architecture Review Made Simple

To achieve the level of completion, it is best to establish a relationship with a trusted third party to provide an independent assessment for you.

nVisium empowers organizations to eliminate application and cloud security vulnerabilities before cyber threats exploit them with proven in-depth security assessments, remediation and training programs. Our experienced team of security-savvy developers and engineers guide organizations to build best practices with high ROI into their engineering and secure development lifecycles across applications, operating systems, networks, mobile, cloud and IoT through services, software solutions and R&D unique to business operations and compliance initiatives. Additionally, nVisium provides a fully managed platform for tracking and measuring performance as well as instructor-led and online training.

Let us work with your development and security teams to implement a secure SDLC that encompasses continuous security review and full integration into the development process for your mobile apps to ensure security and privacy is the end game. Give us a call to better understand how you can more effectively handle mobile security assessments in order to improve privacy and security for you users, or better yet schedule a consultation today.

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