A Guidance Framework for Establishing and Maturing an Application Security Program

Published: 19 November 2018 ID: G00366334

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Application security is a critical component of a modern information security program. Technical professionals can use this guidance framework for building and maturing an application security program based on six guiding principles that are critical to program success.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • 1. Preparation
      • 1.a. Scope the Effort
      • 1.b. Identify Owners and Participants in the Program
      • 1.c. Define Metrics
      • 1.d. Launch Security Training and Awareness Initiatives
      • 1.e. Identify Security Champions
      • 1.f. Review Maturity Models and Benchmark
      • 1.g. Formalize the SDLC and Nonsecurity Processes
    • 2. Program Foundations
      • 2.a. Establish Mechanisms for Communication
      • 2.b. Establish Governance and Cross-Team Collaboration
      • 2.c. Integrate With the SDLC Toolchain
      • 2.d. Define Service-Level Agreements
    • 3. Requirements Management
      • 3.a. Establish a Threat Modeling Process
      • 3.b. Translate Compliance Policy Into Security Requirements
      • 3.c. Availability and Automation of Security Requirements
    • 4. Technology Architecture
      • 4.a. Use Trusted Components
      • 4.b. Incorporate Related Security Technology and Controls
      • 4.c. Harden Application Infrastructure and the Runtime Environment
      • 4.d. Leverage API Mediation and Management
    • 5. Secure Coding Practices
      • 5.a. Publish Secure Coding Practices
      • 5.b. Produce Universal Practices as the Baseline
      • 5.c. Produce Supplemental Practices for Unique Technology
      • 5.d. Incorporate Open-Source Software Governance
    • 6. Security Testing and Validation
      • 6.a. Generate Testing Checklists and Methodologies
      • 6.b. Select and Run Application Security Testing Tools
      • 6.c. Scan for Vulnerable Dependencies
      • 6.d. Aggregate Vulnerability Data
      • 6.e. Augment Security Testing With Third-Party Providers
  • Risks and Pitfalls
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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