Software Assurance as-a-Service
Build a foundational application security program.
Strengthen your software assurance coverage.
Your organization probably has some form of an AppSec program, but you may not feel it’s as effective as it needs to be. Creating a secure software development lifecycle (SDLC) program can indeed be a daunting task, especially as organizations continue to migrate to market-driven IT approaches like DevOps and cloud-based services.
AppSec Program development requires answering questions like:
- How do you determine best practices and industry benchmarks?
- How do you assess the risk of software vulnerabilities?
- What point solutions are you using today? How do you consolidate reports?
- Is your AppSec program focused on finding or fixing? What’s your fix rate?
- How do you get SecOps and DevOps to work better together?
What are your AppSec security challenges?
Required, always changing and more than just checking a box.
Network security does not equal Application Security.
DevOps vs DevSecOps
Security teams must partner with development teams and DevOps may lack security knowledge.
Time to Market
Software Development process is under tight deadlines and security gets left out to meet them.
Not-yet-patched vulnerabilities leave your organization open to a breach through web applications.
Vulnerability of Web Apps
Exploitable 24/7 because they allow unlimited access and attempts.
You need to enable your product teams to deliver new services quickly while effectively embedding the appropriate security checkpoints throughout the development lifecycle.
With time-to-market of the essence, your developers are focused on speed-to-delivery for new features, functions, and applications. But developers are often not trained in fixing vulnerabilities, nor do they have the skills to code securely. And yes, the use of third-party code speeds up development time, but it also adds risk because many have unpatched known vulnerabilities.
Meanwhile, your security teams are focused on running scans and ensuring infrastructure is up-to-date, but bandwidth means they cannot support developers to fix the vulnerabilities found through scanning. Too often, security teams dictate rather than partner with development teams and have unrealistic expectations based on development’s level of security knowledge. This can create a toxic relationship between security and development.
Further, there’s the mountain of tech debt consisting of not-yet-patched vulnerabilities that leave your organization open to a breach through web applications.
Add to this that publicly facing web applications are available 24/7 with unlimited attempts at attacks. And, network security doesn’t equal application security. There is a lack of understanding the difference between network scans and web app scans. You may think you are secure with Network/Anti-Virus solutions, but those do not address Web Applications.
And we don’t have to tell you that compliance is getting more complicated. Global privacy standards are impacting the way that organizations around the world manage customers’ personal data.
But there’s a better way.
A collaborative, integrated approach to your software assurance program.
Our Software Assurance as-a-Service assists in the detection, analysis and response to application vulnerabilities and the integration of security and development workflows.
Our service gives you everything.
- Program optimization and general program management.
- Consulting to assist in the reduction in overall security vulnerabilities by introducing basic automation that allows for CI/CD integration
- Visibility of application vulnerabilities across your application portfolio (SAST and DAST)
- Analysis into open source usage and vulnerabilities (SCA)
- Confidence in your remediation activities
Software Assurance as-a-service (SAaaS) helps you shift left by providing a holistic application scanning approach for identifying software vulnerabilities and integrating the remediation of those findings into the existing development lifecycle.
We provide services around Application Security technology to drive usage and uptake resulting in:
- Development of a foundation application program
- Visibility of all covered applications leads to improved security posture
- Prevention of technology becoming shelfware
SAaaS helps you strengthen your application security program by providing security program support (SPS) and security consulting services. The structure provided by SPS prevents SAaaS from becoming “shelfware,” while triage conducted by our security experts reduces false positives and focuses remediation efforts on findings that matter.
With the help of industry leader Veracode, recurring application scans conducting as a part of SAaaS include Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) and Software Composition Analysis (SCA).
Your unique approach awaits.
Choose your level of service based on your existing team capabilities, your budget and your overall goals. Our team of application security experts can help your organization programmatically reduce the risks around your enterprise wide application portfolio.
Software Assurance as-a-service improves your ROI and security posture.
We focus on integration at every point in the pipeline:
- Integration with your IDE or Code Editor to help you learn as you code and prevent new flaws from being introduced and to reduce unplanned work, helping you hit your roadmap milestones and reducing your remediation costs.
- Alerting you on security issues in proprietary and opens source code by making scanning part of your pipeline
- Helping you easily pass security audits by running regular policy scans.
- Improving communication between security and development
- Filling in your skills gap with more efficient processes
How we do it.
Static Scanning - We provide analysis of source code in an application to find security vulnerabilities. This scanning will take place early in the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and regularly from then on, such as when code is checked in.
Software Composition Analysis - Building on static scanning, we also provide scanning of open source repositories and libraries to prevent the use of insecure code in applications.
Dynamic Scanning - We conduct vulnerability scans on web applications in a running state to identify common security vulnerabilities such as XSS, SQLi and other OWASP top 10 related issues.
Security Program Support - We are here to support you and help ensure your success by providing a foundational application security program via a suite of services including platform administration, regular progress reviews and developer outreach.
*The level of SPS support provided by Optiv will be determined by the service level.
Security Consulting - We assist in the reduction in overall security vulnerabilities by introducing basic automation that allows for CI/CD integration. Optionally, we will perform basic triage and analysis of findings to reduce false positives and ensure that development teams can focus on writing quality code.
Learn more about Software Assurance as-a-Service and how it reduces the costs of fixing vulnerabilities by finding security flaws earlier in the dev process, manages your weakest link (Web applications), creates a custom application program from the foundation up and fills in your talent gaps.
Download our service brief Software Assurance as-a-Service: Service Brief, or contact us with the form above.