Most of the money thrown at securing information systems misses the weak spots. Huge amounts are spent securing infrastructure while web applications are left exposed. It is a crisis that is largely ignored.
Software development teams, under pressure to deliver features and meet deadlines, often respond to concerns about the security of their web applications by commissioning a last-minute security assessment and then desperately attempt to address only the most glaring findings. They may even simply throw up a web application firewall to mitigate the threats. Such bolted-on solutions are not long-term answers to web application security.
Instead, we advocate a built-in approach. We will show that by weaving security into the software development life cycle, and using mature resources for security coding standards, toolkits and frameworks such as those from OWASP, development teams can consistently produce secure systems without dramatically increasing the development effort or cost.
This slide deck was most recently presented at a SPIN meeting in Cape Town In September 2012 by Paul and Theo from ThinkSmart (www.thinksmart.co.za).
For more information, contact Paul at ThinkSmart (dot see oh dot zed ay).