Application Security - The Agile Way

Traditionally application security has involved upfront design and a big bang penetration test after development. This leads to the phenomenon of “bolt-on” security that translates into increased cost and complexity.

Drawing on our experience on real-world projects, we show how security can be baked-in on an agile project. Using case studies we demonstrate how security concerns are captured during project inceptions, how developers write secure code, security testing is automated and how configuration management can help achieve secure deployments. This talk introduces several new concepts like secure by design, secure design patterns and lightweight code reviews.

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Outline/structure of the Session

We will cover following topics in the talk:

  • Current state of Security on Agile projects
  • Why is security in agile is different than other projects
  • Integrating security in agile projects
  • Continuous security testing
  • Learning resources

Learning Outcome

  • Project managers would learn what kind of people they need to be on project to deliver a secure application to client.
  • Developers would learn what things they need to keep in mind to write secure code, what practices to follow, etc.
  • Quality Analysts would learn why security testing is different than any other testing and why and how to automate this testing.

Target Audience

Project Managers, Developers and Quality Analysts

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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    Thanks Shirish for your proposal. The proposal does look very interesting. However it lacks any real examples. Can you share a few real examples of what kind of security vulnerabilities were found and what approach + tools were used? (I've gone through your link already.)

    Also to help us understand your presentation skills and stage presence, can you please share a link to a video where you are presenting any topic? A link to your slides would also be really helpful.

    • Shirish Padalkar
      By Shirish Padalkar  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Naresh,

      We used this approach in our client projects. In all of them, we were able to prevent vulnerabilities before changes went to production, using code reviews / pairing with security specialist, security testing by QAs, etc. When external auditors did system audits, they did not find any high risk vulnerabilities.

      I have spoken in multiple conferences and meetups (internal and external), but unfortunately, I don't have a public link to the presentation. We can have a skype call.

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    • As a result of above -> 2 key metrics improved :
      • Velocity of all teams improved
      • Development and Testing complete even before the deadline -> Delivery before the scheduled date
      • Very less time spent in meetings for conflict & dependency resolutions, planning , etc.. 

     "Project execution was the key success". 

    This will help in approaching the issues pragmatically , dynamically and also help understand how its better to make a hybrid out of multiple tools rather than using only one single process tool.