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Secure SDLC

Shifting security to the left - a new mindset


Today’s challenge in software development is to securely build and deliver reliable, consistent, timely, and cost-effective applications to the business – moving at the speed of business innovation. Developers must speed up software delivery to meet ever-changing business needs, whilst remediating any vulnerabilities. Yet when security fails to keep pace with the business, it is simply ignored and marginalized.

This requires adopting real Secure Software Development Life Cycle (S-SDLC) methodologies, pushing for more Agile processes and greater collaboration across development, QA, security and operations teams (DevSecOps).

Because prevention is always better than cure, it’s time to move security tasks farther left in the development timeline and look toward the speed, continuous integration and automation requirements of the Secure SDLC.

Meeting these challenges is tricky for a company. It must develop a security culture and mindset where trust, cooperation and collaboration between business, development and security are the key success factors. People, teams and processes are vital – but it’s equally important to ensure the integration and traceability of many different tools and artefacts.


Our solutions


We offer solutions for the CISO office, the developers and the business to foster cooperation in secure software development and to achieve a common security culture, whether this is done by an external or an internal resource, or a combination of both.

Approach calls on its unique combination of cyber security and software development expertise, proven methods and standards, and advanced tools for automation in order to develop a two-phase strategy to a customer’s application security challenges. It first sets up ‘security gates’ for each development stage, to see if any deviations are possible, and then designs and execute a suitable programme to bring customers rapidity and efficiency in application security.

With the goal of continuous improvement of application security, we offer four groups of solutions, which can be addressed in a comprehensive programme:
 

Initial Assessment

Roadmap Definition

Implementation

Managed Security Services

We assess your current Secure SDLC’s maturity, giving an entry point and a metric to measure the desired maturity growth.

We define the next stages to improve your security and development, with a scalable and adaptable roadmap. The guiding principle is that security activities must happen faster in order to fit into Agile/DevSecOps processes.

We install security gates in the processes, create a real security culture through training and coaching, and enable feedback loops. We validate security through automated analysis and testing at critical points.

Finding and fixing security flaws during development is not enough. Continuous learning, monitoring and protection in production can help you stay on top of a rapidly changing application landscape.

We can perform these solutions on a more regular and recurrent basis:

  • Penetration Testing and Secure Code Review
  • Training & Coaching
  • Infra & Ops Security Solutions

Initial Assessment

Roadmap Definition

We assess your current Secure SDLC’s maturity, giving an entry point and a metric to measure the desired maturity growth.

We define the next stages to improve your security and development, with a scalable and adaptable roadmap. The guiding principle is that security activities must happen faster in order to fit into Agile/DevSecOps processes.

Implementation

Managed Security Services

We install security gates in the processes, create a real security culture through training and coaching, and enable feedback loops. We validate security through automated analysis and testing at critical points.

Finding and fixing security flaws during development is not enough. Continuous learning, monitoring and protection in production can help you stay on top of a rapidly changing application landscape.

We can perform these solutions on a more regular and recurrent basis:

  • Penetration Testing and Secure Code Review
  • Training & Coaching
  • Infra & Ops Security Solutions

Initial Assessment

We assess your current Secure SDLC’s maturity, giving an entry point and a metric to measure the desired maturity growth.

Roadmap Definition

We define the next stages to improve your security and development, with a scalable and adaptable roadmap. The guiding principle is that security activities must happen faster in order to fit into Agile/DevSecOps processes.

Implementation

We install security gates in the processes, create a real security culture through training and coaching, and enable feedback loops. We validate security through automated analysis and testing at critical points.

Managed Security Services

Finding and fixing security flaws during development is not enough. Continuous learning, monitoring and protection in production can help you stay on top of a rapidly changing application landscape.

We can perform these solutions on a more regular and recurrent basis:

  • Penetration Testing and Secure Code Review
  • Training & Coaching
  • Infra & Ops Security Solutions

Secure development is a huge competitive advantage for businesses


Developers, who are the first line of defence, are happier and more productive when they can innovate. They adopt a proactive ‘secure by design’ approach, seeking advice and validation.

The business is supported when embracing change and innovation. By focusing on security, you will spend less on expensive remediation processes to avoid regulatory fines or to fix security issues in your software. The bottom line is that our Secure SDLC methodologies enable innovation, at lower cost and with drastically reduced risk.


Why Approach?


Approach has developed a holistic vision and proven methodologies for achieving true security by design.

Our vision and approach are based on decades of experience with highly secure application development such as itsme® and for the most demanding organizations (military, banking, FinTechs, public services) and the best practices from interest groups such as the OWASP, SANS, NIST and the Microsoft SDL frameworks to name but a few.

Thanks to our unique combination of expertise in both the cyber security and secure software development areas, Approach is a leading partner of choice.


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