- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466560959
- ISBN-13: 978-1466560956
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First and foremost, Ransome and Misra have made an engaging book that will empower readers in both large and small software development and engineering organizations to build security into their products. This book clarifies to executives the decisions to be made on software security and then provides guidance to managers and developers on process and procedure. Readers are armed with firm solutions for the fight against cyber threats.
―Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director, Information Networking Institute and Director of Education, CyLab Carnegie Mellon University
Finally, the definitive how-to guide for software security professionals. Dr. Ransome, Anmol Misra, and Brook Schoenfield deftly outline the procedures and policies needed to integrate real security into the software development process and why security needs to be software and developer-centric if it is to be relevant. A must-have for anyone on the front lines of the Cyber War - especially software developers and those who work with them.
―Cedric Leighton, Colonel, USAF (Ret); Founder & President, Cedric Leighton Associates
In the wake of cloud computing and mobile apps, the issue of software security has never been more important than today. This book is a must read for security specialists, software developers and software engineers. The authors do a brilliant job providing common sense approaches to achieving a strong software security posture.
―Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman & Founder, Ponemon Institute
The root of software security lies within the source code developed by software developers. Therefore, security should be developer-centric, focused on the secure development of the source code. Dr. Ransome, Anmol Misra, and Brook Schoenfield give you a magic formula in this book - the methodology and process to build security into the entire software development life cycle so that the software is secured at the source!
―Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO, Zoom Video Communications, Inc
Misra and his co-author James Ransome, senior director of product security at McAfee, an Intel Company, reflected on years of lessons learned and experiences with Fortune 500 clients and devised a methodology that builds security into software development. The newly published book Core Software Security, Security at the Source takes an innovative approach that engages the creativity of the developer. ... The book covers embedding security as a part of existing software development methods, and how security can be a business enabler and a competitive differentiator. Throughout the book, the authors describe a modern, holistic framework for software security that includes people, process and technology. The book includes metrics, cost effectiveness, case studies, threat modeling and considerations for mobile software and privacy.
―Sherry Stokes, writing in Carnegie Mellon News, May 2014
About the Author
Dr. James Ransome is the Senior Director of Product Security and responsible for all aspects of McAfee’s Product Security Program, a corporate-wide initiative that supports McAfee’s business units in delivering best-in-class, secure software products to customers. In this role, James sets program strategy, manages security engagements with McAfee business units, maintains key relationships with McAfee product engineers, and works with other leaders to help define and build product security capabilities. His career has been marked by leadership positions in private and public industries, including three chief information security officer (CISO) and four chief security officer (CSO) roles. Prior to entering the corporate world, James had 23 years of government service in various roles supporting the U.S. intelligence community, federal law enforcement, and the Department of Defense.
James holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He developed/tested a security model, architecture, and provided leading practices for converged wired/wireless network security for his doctoral dissertation as part of a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education program. He is the author of several books on information security, and Core Software Security: Security at the Source is his 10th. James is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, and he is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow.
Anmol Misra is an author and a security professional with a wide range of experience in the field of information security. His expertise includes mobile and application security, vulnerability management, application and infrastructure security assessments, and security code reviews. He is a Program Manager in Cisco’s Information Security group. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing security strategy and programs to drive security best practices into all aspects of Cisco’s hosted products. Prior to joining Cisco, Anmol was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young LLP. In this role, he advised Fortune 500 clients on defining and improving information security programs and practices. He helped corporations to reduce IT security risk and achieve regulatory compliance by improving their security posture.
Anmol is co-author of Android Security: Attacks and Defenses, and is a contributing author of Defending the Cloud: Waging War in Cyberspace. He holds a master’s degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering. He is based out of San Francisco, California.
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Several themes stand out in this book:
1) SDL Mapping
The key to understanding the SDL is found in Figure 2.4 Mapping the security development lifecycle (SDL) to the software development lifecycle (SDLC) on p.46. The essential phases of the SDL along with a description of each task is invaluable.
2) Software Security Champions
The org chart with Product Security Architects (PSA) and Software Security Champions (SSC) described in section 2.5.2 Talent and 8.1.2 The Right People really works. When SSCs are eager to participate rather than just assigned, it makes all the difference.
3) ISO 27034
The international standard ISO/IEC 27034-1 is mentioned in section 2.3. The SDL described maps nicely to this ISO standard. This allows outside vendors to have confidence in your internal processes. My only wish is that appendix A listed the ISO 27034 requirement numbers next to the key success factors and deliverables.
4) Applying the SDL to Agile
Chapter 9 written by Brook Schoenfield does an excellent job in showing how the SDL can be adapted to an Agile Scrum development environment. Figure 9.12 Agile SDL is a great starting point if agile is used in your organization
I like how section 8.2.1 Post-Release PSIRT Response is included with the SDL. I have always felt that if you made the bed (software developers missing vulnerabilities) then you should sleep in it (PSIRT incident response). Though intuitive, this is rarely the case in most organizations.
Everything in this book compliments the SDL developed by Microsoft <http://www.microsoft.com/security/sdl>. I highly recommend this book to anyone who must run a product security program in a company that develops and sells software solutions.
Core Software Security lays out a clear path for ISO mapped secure development lifecycle processes with practical methods and tips that help the reader advocate for implementation of this methodology that not only does not slow down production, but, instead, creates efficiency for Scrum masters in Agile environments or traditional waterfall environments.
I highly recommend reading, tagging, holding, using, implementing and evangelizing this book. There is a whole Manifesto about how to fix Privacy Engineering in The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto. This book makes the underpinnings of privacy and efficacy matter by providing best case scenario security & testing.
The authors do an amazing job of covering all of the major areas of secure software development. They effectively balance theory alongside the practical application of a SDL. I have applied many of the suggested practices in the refinement of my SDL.
This book is all filled with great resources on that you can leverage in building your secure software development program.