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.
Many organizations have established a set of common security best practices for their project teams. However, making these security practices relevant to the business needs of the organization continues to challenge even the most experienced security leaders. Typically, business stakeholders want to discuss security in terms of resiliency and risk management policies, but project teams want to talk in the more concrete language of operating procedures. Addressing this commonly found gap requires a “policy to procedure” pipeline that encompasses and connects both business policy and project operational needs. This Brown Bag session will describe practical steps an organization can take to build this “policy to procedure” pipeline and better address the needs of both sides.
Contact the Member Helpdesk for more information and to register
Fundamentals of Managing Software Security
A key principle guiding SAFECode’s work is our belief that secure software development can only be achieved with an organizational commitment and a holistic assurance process. But what does that mean in practice? Simply put, it means that a mature secure development lifecycle (SDL) includes more than just a checklist of secure development practices. It also encompasses all aspects of a healthy business process, such as program management, stakeholder engagement, deployment planning, program measurement, and continuous improvement. This month, we continue our blog series on the Fundamentals of Managing Software Security. Check out recent posts on Culture Development and Training and look for more coming soon.
In Case You Missed It: Industry News
The Business Software Alliance recently released The BSA Framework for Software Security. The document aims to provide a consolidated framework that brings together best practices in a manner that can be effectively described and communicated, regardless of the development environment or the purpose of the software. Read more about the BSA Framework and SAFECode’s role in supporting its development on our blog.
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. You can also join a standing working group initiative by contacting the Member Helpdesk. Current opportunities are listed below:
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.
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 is an effective technique for finding security issues as well as robustness and resiliency of software. Joining this group will provide an opportunity to share experiences and perspectives on fuzzing with others at SAFECode. We will cover the various types of fuzzers and the pros and cons of each type. Additionally, we will touch on how to customize your fuzzers to improve their efficacy.
Personal and Data Privacy
Join this group: 1) To help developers understand a broad set of issues and concerns that the Software they’re trying to design and build may be susceptible to; 2) To promote an everyday person’s awareness / and what to do (or not do) to protect themselves; and 3) To determine what the noise and light discipline strategy is for consumer’s self-ownership of data protection (and privacy).
Despite a lot of available information, we have yet to produce a scientific basis for application security. Advice tends to fall within the realm of isolated observations, collective experience, or confirmation bias. This conference would be an invitation-only event with a pre-determined agenda around the science of security for academics and industry practitioners. The proposal for this conference is to consider the limits of our practice and extend the body of knowledge through a more scientific approach.
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:
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.
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]