Integrating Security Testing into Your Process

Danny Allan, IBM Rational

Software quality is a priority for most organizations, yet many are still struggling to handle the volume of testing. Unfortunately, applications are frequently released with significant security risks. Many organizations rely on an overburdened security team to test applications late in development when fixes are the most costly, while others are throwing complex tools at test teams expecting the testers to master security testing with no formal processes and training. Danny Allan describes five steps to integrate security testing into the software development lifecycle. Danny shows how highly secure and compliant software applications begin with security requirements and include design, development, build, quality assurance, and transitional practices. He describes some of the most common application security vulnerabilities, techniques to address these issues, and methods to safeguard sensitive online information from the bad guys.

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