[Infographic] 7 truths to improve your software security program

[Infographic] 7 truths to improve your software security program

The Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) can help you improve your software security program, regardless of industry, size, or combination of applications.

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7 Undeniable Truths to Improve Your Software Security Program

Ten years of data collected from more than 100 initiatives provides a comprehensive view of software security. The Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) can help you improve your software security program regardless of your industry, size or combination of applications.

1. Gain altitude in stages

Security initiatives typically start with simple activities, such as a review of security features, before undertaking those that require more coordination, such as creating custom rule sets. You can use the BSIMM to assess your level of maturity.

2. Move at your own pace

The rate of acceleration along the maturity curve is not the same for every organization or even every industry. You should initiate and improve your software security program based on your own risk factors, budget, and priorities.

3. A driver is essential

No organization can succeed software security initiative directionless. Mature initiatives are typically led by a senior executive and managed by a software security group that establishes governance, policy, and standards.

4. The right crew is key

Many organizations rely on security testing tools, but mature organizations know that tools alone are not enough to reduce risk. Experts are needed to interpret results, prioritize findings, and resolve issues.

5. Wide support makes it easier to ride

Mature initiatives have support from people in roles other than the security team, such as developers, architects, and product owners. You need to develop a “satellite” team to raise awareness and ensure the implementation of security policies.

6. Conditions will change

Years of BSIMM data show that organizations change their mix of security strategies, adding new activities and replacing others, as they navigate. It is essential to stay up to date and regularly evaluate your own tactics.

7. Chart your own course

The BSIMM shows that while companies begin their journey with common practices, as they progress they choose from 119 software security activities to reduce the risk. After seeing how you compare, you can use the BSIMM to make decisions that are right for your business.

Don’t just drift in the wind

Navigating to your final destination requires knowing your launch point and accurately assessing the conditions. BSIMM can’t guarantee a smooth ride, but it can ease your way up the maturity curve and improve your software security program, even when the wind is blowing. While these truths are universal, they scratch the surface of what the BSIMM can reveal. A BSIMM assessment compares your software security initiative to your peers, so you can identify strengths, uncover gaps, and determine strategies that are right for your own organization.

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Ryan H. Bowman