The Appsec Program Maturity Curve 3 of 4

A dedicated and rigorous Application Security Program is best pursued as a sustained, policy-driven program that employs proactive, preventative methods to manage software risk. It will deliver an effective software security strategy that addresses both immediate and systemic risks with a rigorous plan and continued investment. The mantra of any successful AppSec Program is utilization, adoption and expansion. Without a clearly defined and governed policy, none of these is possible.

Static Testing vs. Dynamic Testing

With reports of website vulnerabilities and data breaches regularly featuring in the news, securing the software development life cycle (SDLC) has never been so important. The enterprise must, therefore, choose carefully the correct security techniques to implement. Static and dynamic analyses are two of the most popular types of security test. Before implementation however, the security-conscious enterprise should examine precisely how both types of test can help to secure the SDLC. Testing, after all, can be considered an investment that should be carefully monitored.

Security Headers on the Top 1,000,000 Websites: November 2013 Report

It has been almost exactly a year since we conducted the first top 1 million security headers report so it is a great time to re-run the analysis and see how well security header adoption is growing. As before, the latest Chrome and Firefox User-Agent strings were used to make requests to the top 1 million sites over both HTTP and HTTPS. Out of the 2,589,918 responses we had over 100,000 distinct security headers and values to analyze.

A Tale of Two Compilers

What’s wrong with the following C code?

char buf[32];
scanf("%32s", buf);

It’s a classic and easy to make off-by-one error, caused by the willy-nilly inconsistency of common C functions regarding whose responsibility the null terminator is and whether it’s included in a passed count of bytes. In this case, scanf() will read up to 32 bytes from standard input and then append a null terminator, which overflows the buffer of 32 characters and writes a null byte to whatever happens to be next on the stack.

Muddying The Water On Security and Embedded Devices

An FTC Forum on security and the Internet of Things showed industry doing its best to muddy the water when it comes to building secure products.

This was a big week for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Washington D.C., as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted its first ever workshop to discuss security and privacy issues created by the proliferation of IoT technology.

Ghosts In The Machine: The Strange Case of BadBIOS

Dragos Ruiu's 'BadBIOS' malware may just be evidence that he's having a 'bad day.' But sometimes nightmares are worth paying attention to!

Can a lifetime of researching stealthy computer attacks drive you mad? That’s what some are suggesting is the real story behind BadBIOS, a piece of allegedly super stealthy malware that has plagued computers belonging to researcher Dragos Ruiu for years. Nightmarish, to be sure.

The (Coming) Age of the Developer-King

It's too early to say much about what our world will look like once hundreds of billions of Internet connected devices come on line. But one thing is sure: on The Internet of Things, it is the application developer who is king.

Prognosticating about the shape, size and flavor of The Internet of Things has practically become an industry unto itself. In addition to predictions from the usual suspects like Gartner and IDC, a long list of consultancies, technology firms and independent thought leaders stand ready to predict how big the IoT opportunity is and what companies stand to benefit from its success.

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