Fortify Software has released the ‘Building Security in Maturity Model' (BSIMM) that details the security success of major companies.
Developed as a set of benchmarks for establishing and growing an enterprise-wide software security program, the BSIMM pulls together a set of activities used and perfected by nine of the world's 25 most successful software security initiatives.
Fortify claimed that it provides insight on what successful organisations actually do to build security into their software and mitigate the business risk associated with insecure applications.
Dr. Brian Chess, co-founder and chief scientist of Fortify Software, said: “Virtually every organisation today relies on software to operate, and at the same time the threat to that software is at an all-time high. Businesses need software that doesn't leak millions of identity records, gin up huge legal liabilities, or allow secrets to fall into the wrong hands.”
Steve Lipner of Microsoft, said: “Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle was one of the first real enterprise software security methodologies, and we are always eager to share our ideas and best practices with the industry. BSIMM provides a public ‘yardstick' for measuring the progress of any organisation's own software assurance program.”
The data collected by the authors Brian Chess from Fortify and Gary McGraw and Sammy Migues from Cigital,
showed common themes such as: the necessity of a software security group; the emphasis of education; the use of automated technologies; and training for development.