Building AppSec Culture

The first application security solution that brings together, in a single platform, the resources to measure and improve the security of your applications throughout their development life cycles.

Discover our AppSec platform

??      ??

Did you know that applications are the first target of

cyber-attacks?

Application Security Risks are Increasing Exponentially...

​There are about 20 millions software developers in the world, writing more than 100 billions lines of code per year, and​ producing 90% of all vulnerabilities. This should be alarming at a time when companies are being encouraged to undertake their digital transformation. Digitalization is pushing companies, regardless of their business, to write and use various pieces of software.

Public and private organizations are serving a growing number of employees, partners and customers with Web/Mobile applications. Often, these applications provide "sensitive" services over the Internet.

These applications are being targeted by an ever-increasing number of fraudsters and cybercriminals.

In this rapidly changing threat landscape, companies are beginning to understand that security is a key for driving innovation without exposing the business to unnecessary risk. 

Each case is a particular case with its own constraints:

  • A lack of internal knowledge of application security ; 
  • Different development teams that have different priorities than the sales teams ;
  • Budget cuts ;
  • Lack of a comprehensive security strategy ;
  • And so on...

The disturbing rise in threats and attacks against applications tends to prove that traditional and often reactive approaches only lead to insufficient improvements without solving the problem once and for all:

  • Pentest Paradigm : Occurs late in the development lifecycle and increases the costs of fixing vulnerabilities  (security costs increase dramatically as the development lifecycle progresses).
  • Traditional SAST / DAST (e.g. Static Application Security Testing / Dynamic Application Security Testing) tools: Difficult to install / to configure, often produce too many false positives that require an expert mind for triage. 

Mitigating application risks - before impacting your organization - requires a focus on security engineering by integrating the missing security blocks into development lifecycle. These  Application Security milestones have common characteristics:

  • They require a development team capable of understanding the security issues, risks on the applications and means to protect against them.
  • They must not delay nor block innovation!
    Application security is a continuous process that starts with the training of developers / software architects, followed by the coaching of project managers and Security Champions to integrate security into the SDLC.

"If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology"


Bruce Schneier

Application Security is a Major Issue for CISOs

Risks

Top 5 CISO Application Security Risks


  • Lack of awareness for application security issues ;
  • Insecure source code development ;
  • Poor/inadequate testing methodologies ;
  • Lack of budget to support application security initiatives ;
  • Staffing (e.g., lack of security skills within team).


Priorities

Top 5 CISO Priorities


  • Security awareness and training for developers ;
  • Secure development lifecycle processes ;
  • Security testing for apps ;
  • Application vulnerability management technologies & processes ;
  • Static analysis of source code to find security flaws.

Challenges

Top 5 CISO Challenges to effectively deliver your organization’s application security initiatives

  • Availability of skilled resources ;
  • Level of security awareness by the developers ;
  • Management awareness and sponsorship ;
  • Adequate budget ;
  • Organizational change.
  • How can you solve your application security problems without spending all your budget?

    continus.io is the first application security solution designed to bring together, in a single platform, everything your teams need to produce applications that resist cyber attacks.

    By putting people at the center of your application security strategy, continus.io offers you the keys to face DevOps challenges and to scale your application security program.

    Building an Application Security culture

    continus.io allows your development teams to write by design secure code and helps them fix their vulnerabilities.

    Meet your internal & external compliance requirements

    continus.io enables security to be integrated throughout the development lifecycle and help meeting internal and external compliance requirements.

    Measuring the continuous improvement of your security posture

    continus.io enables your team to control application security and compliance while keeping up with Agile and DevOps challenges.

    Powering your Security Champions community

    continus.io helps you build an AppSec community including everyone involved in application security, empowering your Security Champions.

    continus.io takes you step-by-step through the implementation of a security assurance strategy that allows you to proactively manage application risks. The best defense for your applications is defense-in-depth.

    This is what continus.io offers you through the following 3 pillars of application security.

    continus.io is a comprehensive solution (360°)

    continus.io is more than just an application security platform, it is a comprehensive solution that allows you to have a strategic roadmap for your projects and to address issues that go beyond the simple detection of vulnerabilities.


    continus.io is designed to :

    • provide guidelines for integrating the security by design principle into your projects ;
    • make application security more visible to stakeholders via relevant indicators ;
    • educate your employees to understand the risks and challenges of application security ;
    • ensure compliance of applications with industry best-practices ;
    • evaluate the security of your applications without wasting your teams time (e.g. Time to market) ;
    • focus on fixing vulnerabilities based on risk exposure ;
    • measure and manage application security risks and processes ;
    • And so on...

    continus.io enables our customers to achieve their strategic objectives for application security.

    continus learning
    Build a Security By Design
    culture

    Allows your teams to write By Design Secure Code and help them fixing vulnerabilities and logical flaws

    continus coaching
    Meet your Compliance
    Requirements

    Allows your project managers (and your Security Champions) to integrate security by design and meet compliance requirements

    continus testing
    Measure & report continuous improvement

    Allows your security team to monitor application security while adapting to Agile & DevOps challenges

    CONTINUS LEARNING


    Build a Security By Design culture

    continus.io provides awareness training in order to promote a culture of software security throughout the organization because software developers and architects often start with little security knowledge.

    (Find below, our Web Application training course syllabus as a sample)

    1

    ​Week 1

    IT security is a serious business. A single breach can cause millions in damages and damage a company’s reputation for years to come.

     

    This is why, our first week starts with an overview of the Security by Design concept.

    2

    ​Week 2

    Our second week provides insight about how to secure the authentication, the session management and the access rights mechanisms. We will also study the methodology used by hackers to achieve their malicious goals.

    It is very important to learn Ethical Hacking in order to understand how to write secure code. That’s why, we’ll provide our trainees practical exercises which involve testing realistic applications to identify vulnerabilities, either by analyzing their source code or by directly attacking their compiled/interpreted version.

    3

    ​Week 3

    Our third week will allow us to introduce the most important application security best practice: the management of user inputs and outputs.

    Incorrect validation of user inputs and outputs systematically leads to security vulnerabilities that allow attackers to inject code that will be interpreted by the server or the browser of the users of your applications.

    4

    ​Week 4

    Our fourth week will allow us to introduce the best practices which will help you to avoid information leaks in error messages and to monitor user behavior in order to detect, upstream, attempts to attacks or, worse, identify a compromise.

    We’ll also teach our trainees the basics of Cryptography and we will study attacks that are aiming SOAP and REST Web Services.

    Innovative Methodology & Strong Interactivity with our AppSec expert trainers

    Our classroom 2.0 takes the best of the MOOC while preserving what makes the effectiveness of face-to-face training: live courses, live coaching calls, collective emulation, progress monitoring...  

    With our hybrid approach that combines the best of both traditional classroom and online courses, even the most shy participants are no longer left out.

    Traditional Classroom vs MOOC vs Classroom 2.0

    BENEFITS

    Traditional Classroom

    MOOC

    Classroom 2.0

    Possibility to follow courses from trainee’s workstation

    Presence of a trainer throughout the training period

    Low dropout rate (< 5%) and high participation rate (> 90%)

    24/7 access to study materials, recordings and tools

    Possibility to perform the practical exercises from a simple Web browser (no third-party software installation constraints)

    Access to relevant Learning Analytics to track trainees progress

    Continus Coaching


    Meet your Compliance requirements 

    After the trainings, and the identification of your Security Champions, Coaching allows you to guide your project managers (and your Security Champions) step by step, in order to integrate the principles of Security By Design in the development lifecycle, to measure their level of maturity, and to have a strategic roadmap of improvements. 


    Coaching allows your teams to understand the security requirements they need to meet and the internal and external compliance requirements that need to be met by providing them with the necessary guidance.

    To demonstrate the effectiveness of the investment during the Coaching and its impact on business risk,
    continous.io measures the governance, risk and compliance of security processes in projects and then provides these metrics to the various stakeholders involved in the implementation of SDL (e.g. Secure Development Cycle).

    (Below are the main steps for the Coaching)

    1

    Step 1: Measuring your maturity level

    Identify and understand maturity level of your development practices. Evaluate the current state and analyze the gap toward the state of the art.

    2

    Step 2: Define a personalized roadmap

    After identifying your projects maturity, you get a strategic roadmap with precise objectives that we will help you to achieve.

    3

    Step 3: Take you to the next maturity level

    Step-by-step support of your teams in the implementation of the improvements defined in the roadmap in order to meet your compliance requirements.

    4

    Step 4: Sharing Achievements

    Ensure that improvements are available and used in projects by reporting key indicators to your Top Management.

    Continus Testing


    Measure and report on continuous improvement

    The objective of the Testing part (which adapts to the issues of agility and DevOps) is to discover the weaknesses of your applications and make them visible to the stakeholders so they can quickly / effectively correct them without blocking the development cycle (e.g. Respect of Time to Market & Quick Feedback loop).


    continus.io focuses on agile security testing to adapt to the constraints of DevOps :

    • Common baseline in order to automatically detect common vulnerabilities,
    • Manual Security tests targeting security features,
    • Monitoring of vulnerabilities and assistance of the teams in fixing them,
    • Integration of the tests in the CI/CD pipeline,
    • Reporting of key indicators.
    Security assessment - manual testing
    Security-in-depth and adjustment

    Manual inspection of your applications carried out on a regular basis, initial assessment and specific configuration of the automated testing tools according to the targets and obtained results.

    SECURITY ASSESSMENT -Automated TESTS
    Non-regression & continuous improvement

    Automated inspection performed after each "Build" to quickly identify and fix vulnerabilities that will weaken the security of your applications.


    SECURITY ASSESSMENT -
    remediation assistance
    Fixing Prioritization &
    Risk Reduction

    Each flaw identified during the security tests refers to our "Knowledge Base" to provide you detailed guidance.
    A ticketing system allows you to get personalized help from our experts.

    Why did we build continus.io?

    After more than a decade of providing traditional AppSec services and trainings to strengthen our customers' application security, we have faced several challenges that we have overcome, and several difficulties related to implementing the state of the art and scaling traditional solutions.

    That's why we decided to design continus.io, with agility and scalability in mind, to solve these problems that prevent the integration of Security into the development cycle from end-to-end.

    Based on our experience (thousands of hours of training provided, hundreds of penetration tests, millions of lines of code audited during more than 20 man-years of research &  experimentation), we propose a unique approach that can be broken down into the following 3 main axes:

    • Continus Learning to understand the risks and how to protect against them ;
    • Continus Coaching to meet compliance requirements ;
    • Continus Testing to control risks and measure improvements without keeping your teams waiting for feedback.


    These 3 axes are the pillars of a DevSecOps culture and the foundations of our solution continus.io.


    The Founders.

    Azziz ERRIME
    Tarik EL AOUADI

    contact@continus.io

    >