Quick wins and Web application security

Friday, 20 March 2009, 2:47 PM EST

Consider for a moment that Website Security equals Software Security, which it does plus much more. Then a maturing program will often require fundamental changes in business and code development processes. Policies need to be established, developers trained, staff hired, technology acquired, etc. An uphill battle requiring tremendous resources over the course of multiple years with scars and lessons earned along the way. As an example, the Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM), a real-world set of software security comparisons, observes 110 different potential activities! At the same time, measuring the value obtained from defect reduction in terms of website risk mitigation is extremely difficult. This is not to say the evolution should not begin, but it’s vital to understand the personal incentives that influence decision making.

At Jeremiah Grossman's blog.

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