21 Dec, 2020

What A Secure Software development Life Cycle (SDLC) Looks Likee In 2021

by nVisium

It is no secret that 2020 pushed a lot of boundaries on a lot of fronts, especially for development teams. As we slide into 2021 it is a great time to look deeply at our SDLC strategies in order to determine if they still meet current industry best practices or if some tweaks to your strategy are required.

Revisiting Your SDLC Strategy

If you are reading this blog, you most like already know that SDLC stands for Software Development Life Cycle and also most likely have a SDLC strategy of some form or another in play already. It is also a best practice to periodically revisit all mission critical strategies to ensure they are current with the latest technologies and processes. For example, Technopedia offers these SDLC Key Takeaways:

“Here are some things that are going to be central to our explanation of the software development life cycle:

    • SDLC encompasses: planning, implementation, testing, documentation, deployment and maintenance.
    • Models shifted from traditional staged SDLC processes, to agile, and then to Devops.
    • Agile and Devops as practices merged traditional staging in new and interesting ways.
    • The cloud brought the arrival of web-delivered resources into the picture.
    • Although SDLC is now much changed, the concept remains largely the same.”

You may want to also revisit our blog titled “Secure Software Development Life Cycles Made Simple” to round out your research into the topic before looking at the implications for the upcoming new year.

SDLC Considerations For 2021

Given the rise in cyber-attacks, especially targeting in-house generated applications and code, the most significant element that will be needed for your 2021 SDLC strategy is a significant security component. SANS offers a whitepaper titled “Software Engineering - Security as a Process in the SDLC” that describes the value of making security a significant component of your SDLC strategy:

“Most of the Application developers align to the Software Engineering Principles that follow through a standardized SDLC phases, but never consider or have a disciplined process to address the factor called Security in any of the phases. Does authentication and authorization mechanism (like Login and Password) on applications make them secure? Do these security considerations on developed application help them to address security in its entirety? Security attacks at the application layer have made the organizations realize the fact that security needs to be considered at the same priority as its functionality. This paper explains about how Security as a process can be incorporated or identified in the Software Engineering principles1 (SDLC phases) and how Organizations can leverage upon considering Security as an effective process within the existing development framework.”

The other critical elements you should evaluate for your 2021 SDLC strategy include:

  • Secure architecture reviews: Comprehensive review of the application or system design, including third-party services, data storage and transmission, infrastructure design, and more. The result will not only include a list of security risks, but also guidance to resolve these identified risks.
  • Continuous application assessment support: you will need to evaluate all aspects of an application and test risk mitigation solutions for a fully comprehensive security assessment. You should utilize a hybrid application assessment approach that leverages a multi-step methodology combining the strongest aspects of both static and dynamic analysis to provide the most extensive and efficient assessment possible.
  • Security tooling integration: Integration of manual and automated processes to uncover and remediate security risks. You should leverage software tools used for detection of security risks and our secure development expertise to remediate vulnerabilities in your development cycles. Especially critical in DevOps or Agile development shops where speed is paramount and traditional approaches fall short.
  • Assistance developing software security maturity programs: Evaluation of your current software security program and tailored recommendations to improve, grow and mature as an organization. Success means it is designed to provide detailed analysis, maturity scoring, and a future roadmap for your software security program based on the OWASP Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) Framework.

Now that you know what you need to do to improve your 2021 SDLC strategy, it is time to evaluate a trusted partner for 3rd party independent validation.

Partnering For Your 2021 Secure SDLC Strategy

Ensuring success will require choosing a partner that will work with your development and security teams to implement a secure SDLC that encompasses continuous security review and full integration into the development process. They should have years of experience executing secure SDLC projects with startups and Fortune 500 organizations as well as have expertise in the majority of programming languages and experience developing programs for agile, DevOps, and waterfall development methodologies.

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.

nVisium will help implement a SDLC program that is low friction and high value to your development and security teams. Our security-savvy team implements leading-edge assessment techniques and world-class secure development training programs to eliminate vulnerabilities for both global enterprises as well as startup organizations, so when you are ready, schedule a consultation today or download our new eBook titled “Demystifying DevSecOps” to get started yourself.

sdlc CISO Secure Software Development Lif Cycle

You might also like:

Get Security Assessment Tips Delivered to your inbox