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This section of the website is designed to support current SAFECode members. If your company is a member of SAFECode, feel free to contact our Member Helpdesk for more information on anything you see on this page. Not sure if you are a Member? Check your membership status here. Like what you see on this page but not currently a Member? Learn more about joining the collaboration.

This Month’s Highlights

Greetings members! Here in the U.S., we are gathering stuffing and turkey recipes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, but many other activities and initiatives are happening within the organization. Take a look and see what interests you. And if you want us to explore a topic you don’t see listed, give us a shout with your idea here.
 

Join us for SAFECode’s Members-Only Brown Bag Series
Each month, SAFECode members have the opportunity to learn how their member peers are tackling common challenges in software and supply chain security via SAFECode’s virtual members-only webinar series. All sessions are one hour in length and include plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Members are welcome to join us live or catch up with what they missed on-demand.

 

This Month’s Session: How Much Security Debt is on Your Books? A Journey Toward Building Machine Learning Models to Identify Security Bugs
Speaker: Scott Christiansen, Microsoft 
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. EST
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All your security bugs belong to us… literally. Do you know what your security bug debt looks like in reality? Are your Azure DevOps/Jira/Bugzilla queries identifying all of your security bugs? Are your engineers fatigued and frustrated placing a priority on triaging security bugs only to find out they are not actually security bugs? We have taken the entire history of software bugs at Microsoft and developed a Natural Language based Machine Learning model that uses natural language processing to identify and risk rank your security bugs (Critical/Important/Other) and how that process is transforming the work we do managing the Secure Development Lifecycle at Microsoft. We cover from the basic concepts to how to handle practical problems such as mislabeled entries in the training datasets and deployment strategies. Our talk is self-contained and aimed at an audience of security practitioners. The workaround this Machine Learning Model has been published in the 2019 IEEE Conference on Smart Computing and Volume 11 of the Microsoft Journal of Applied Research.

 

Scott Christiansen is a Senior Security Program Manager with Microsoft’s Customer Security & Trust Team. In this role, Scott uses data analytic techniques to identify and mitigate security risks and develop solutions to address emerging and future security threats. Scott’s current work is in the space of security bug detection, classification and operationalizing derived insights to advance the state of security at Microsoft.

 

Here’s What’s Hot:
Reach out to us at [email protected] for more information or to get involved.

 

Call for Researchers
For the first phase of its efforts, the Security Summit Working Group is looking for researchers to help influence an agenda for a working session at a 2020 conference (HotSOS or IEEE SecDev at this point). Please see https://cps-vo.org/group/SoS/ and https://secdev.ieee.org/2019/Home/ )
  • Time commitment: around 2 hours per month for the next 4-5 months.
  • Skills or knowledge: Active engagement in the realm of physics, science, philosophy, and mathematics as it applies to software security lifecycle. The intent is to lay theoretical foundations for software security which we can build upon as an industry.
  • Expectations when you have joined: Commitment to collaboratively create an agenda of the foremost topics in Security Science.

We will use the agenda to create a working session in partnership with one of the conferences mentioned above. Thereafter, time involvement will vary depending on sub-working groups and any para-research initiatives. Contact [email protected] today if you’d like to help!
 
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Collaborate with Your Peers at Other Member Companies

SAFECode offers a number of ways for employees of member companies to collaborate with each other. The best way to stay apprised of these opportunities is by joining our Member portal. Our working groups are always open to new members Take a look below and reach out at [email protected] if you’d like to get involved.

By The Numbers
Join this group to help develop and conduct member company surveys regarding secure development practices, the findings of which will be published in an annual report for members and will feed future projects. The team is currently focused on using data to characterize and understand the secure development training/learning programs across member companies. The By the Numbers Group has been developing a member survey to characterize and understand the secure development training/learning programs across member companies. We meet every other week and will be sending the survey out this fall. We are still looking for a Lead, please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested.

DevSecOps
SAFECode recently teamed up with the Cloud Security Alliance to launch a new working group that will tackle issues related to DevSecOps in pure Cloud environments. The working group will work to create a transparent and comprehensive software development and security management lifecycle that leverages all the components of DevSecOps and Security Champions to ensure timely and full functioning application deployment with security development practices integrated at every stage.

Open Source Evaluation
Attempts to backdoor popular open source components like NPM and PyPi, along with attacks on Docker and Debian Aptitude repositories are on the rise. Research has been presented that demonstrated that it’s possible to identify some patterns in code that could be indicators of backdoor behavior. However, this alone proved insufficient to determine malicious backdoor intent vs insecure coding. How to identify backdoor intent, along with other ideas to identify indicators of backdoor behavior in Open Source Software will be discussed in this group.

Fuzzing Techniques
With the Fuzzing Working Group within SAFECode, we’re providing a high-level description of what Fuzzing is and the various types of Fuzzers and the Pros and Cons of each. We are also diving deep into what types of data can/should be Fuzzed and how. Furthermore, the Fuzzing Working Group will be shedding some light on the value of Fuzzing as well as the issues that can be found and mitigated by doing the proper Fuzzing technique.

Personal and Data Privacy
The Personal Data Privacy Group writes about topics concerning the awareness and protection of individual data and data-generating products. Individual user data is essentially digital ore: It can be collected, analyzed, refined, packaged into distinct products, and monetized. PDP blog is primarily focused on defining the elements of consumer digital footprints, and effective strategies to protect and secure that data. Personal Data Privacy is also an ethical and legal responsibility on behalf of consumers in the enterprise. Monthly, PDP explores the landscape of data topics from consumer IoT to data-aggregation and corporate data stewardship.

Security Summit
In 2019, we have yet to produce a scientific basis for application security. It is still largely an art and vulnerabilities keep happening. The Security Summit WG is working on an industry roundtable with a pre-determined agenda for academics and practitioners to share and present around Security Science. The goal is to extend the Software Security Body of Knowledge through academic/industry collaboration and production of practically useful material based on scientific rigor. In addition to SAFECode members, the group has reached out to academic institutions, industry groups, and the IEEE to gauge interest in a joint effort. So far the response has been positive.

Skills Assessment Framework
There are many skills and skills management issues in software security, including the need to quickly identify a person’s current skillset against a baseline skillset in order to hire better employees, up-skill existing and transferring employees, and create knowledge ‘journeys’ for current skilled people. This group will work together to explore the development of a series of documents or worksheets that allow a company to create their own Skills Assessments and Knowledge Journeys based on the standards provided by SAFECode. It will also consider a deliverable describing how SAFECode member companies manage skills assessment in their own organizations.

Actions: The actions needed to create a skills assessment are:

  • Create a list of fundamental (baseline) skills (note that this could, and maybe should be broken down by specific job role)
  • Create lists of optimal skill sets by job role subcategories
  • Create one or more skills assessment questionnaires
  • Create ‘knowledge journeys’ for the job roles

An optimal outcome is a series of documents or worksheets that allow a company to create their own Skills Assessments and Knowledge Journeys based on the standards provided by SAFECode. A less optimal (but valid) outcome is a document describing how SAFECode member companies achieve answer the Needs (above) in their organizations.

Is your company a Member and you have an idea for collaboration you don’t see here? Contact us today and we’ll give you the details on how to submit a new project, event, and working group ideas.

 

Member Helpdesk

SAFECode Members can contact our Member Helpdesk for information on event sign-ups, working group opportunities, and any other questions they may have. For more specific inquiries, see below.

SAFECode Technical Leadership Council
The Technical Leadership Council (TLC) meets monthly and is comprised of representatives from each SAFECode member. Its main objective is to drive SAFECode’s technical work – helping to launch and support small member groups focused on identifying and analyzing common best practices around various software security topics, and providing ongoing opportunities for members to learn from one another on software security issues and challenges. To reach the TLC, contact: [email protected]

SAFECode Marketing and Events
Looking to collaborate with SAFECode on an upcoming event or marketing imitative? Have a question about a recent promotion? SAFECode’s marketing and events team is always interested in hearing from our members. You can reach us here [email protected]

SAFECode Board of Directors
Need to reach our leadership team? The SAFECode Board of Directors is comprised of members from each of our Charter member companies and meets each month. You can reach them by contacting: [email protected]

SAFECode Technical Support
Having trouble with the SAFECode collaboration portal? See an issue on the website? Our Member Helpdesk can help: [email protected]

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