What is involved in Security by design
Find out what the related areas are that Security by design connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Security by design thinking-frame.
How far is your company on its Security by design journey?
Take this short survey to gauge your organization’s progress toward Security by design leadership. Learn your strongest and weakest areas, and what you can do now to create a strategy that delivers results.
To address the criteria in this checklist for your organization, extensive selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information.
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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Security by design related domains to cover and 144 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.
The following domains are covered:
Security by design, Best coding practices, Home directory, Buffer overflow, Principle of least privilege, Software engineering, Security-focused operating system, Secure coding, Computer virus, Multi-factor authentication, Denial of service, Intrusion prevention system, Secure by default, Computer crime, Cryptographic hash function, Computer security, Call stack, Mobile security, Operating system shell, Secure by design, User identifier, Machine code, Trojan horse, Software Security Assurance, Information security, Intrusion detection system, Software design, Screen scrape, Security through obscurity, Network security, Dog food, Computer code, Computer worm, Format string attack, C standard library, Malicious user, Data-centric security, Internet security, Linus’ law, Multiple Independent Levels of Security, Undefined behavior, Antivirus software, Application security, Security by design, Computer network, Cyber security standards, Computer access control, Logic bomb, Web server, SQL injection:
Security by design Critical Criteria:
Examine Security by design engagements and tour deciding if Security by design progress is made.
– What are your current levels and trends in key measures or indicators of Security by design product and process performance that are important to and directly serve your customers? how do these results compare with the performance of your competitors and other organizations with similar offerings?
– What business benefits will Security by design goals deliver if achieved?
– Are there Security by design problems defined?
Best coding practices Critical Criteria:
Understand Best coding practices management and ask questions.
– Who will provide the final approval of Security by design deliverables?
– How can skill-level changes improve Security by design?
– How do we Lead with Security by design in Mind?
Home directory Critical Criteria:
Generalize Home directory issues and check on ways to get started with Home directory.
– When a Security by design manager recognizes a problem, what options are available?
– What vendors make products that address the Security by design needs?
– How do we Identify specific Security by design investment and emerging trends?
Buffer overflow Critical Criteria:
Start Buffer overflow adoptions and sort Buffer overflow activities.
– What is the source of the strategies for Security by design strengthening and reform?
– How do we measure improved Security by design service perception, and satisfaction?
– How do we go about Comparing Security by design approaches/solutions?
Principle of least privilege Critical Criteria:
Consider Principle of least privilege strategies and pay attention to the small things.
– Are there any easy-to-implement alternatives to Security by design? Sometimes other solutions are available that do not require the cost implications of a full-blown project?
– How can we incorporate support to ensure safe and effective use of Security by design into the services that we provide?
– How do we manage Security by design Knowledge Management (KM)?
Software engineering Critical Criteria:
Shape Software engineering adoptions and assess what counts with Software engineering that we are not counting.
– DevOps isnt really a product. Its not something you can buy. DevOps is fundamentally about culture and about the quality of your application. And by quality I mean the specific software engineering term of quality, of different quality attributes. What matters to you?
– Can we answer questions like: Was the software process followed and software engineering standards been properly applied?
– Is maximizing Security by design protection the same as minimizing Security by design loss?
– Is open source software development faster, better, and cheaper than software engineering?
– Does Security by design appropriately measure and monitor risk?
– Why is Security by design important for you now?
– Better, and cheaper than software engineering?
Security-focused operating system Critical Criteria:
Discuss Security-focused operating system decisions and finalize the present value of growth of Security-focused operating system.
– Why is it important to have senior management support for a Security by design project?
– How to Secure Security by design?
Secure coding Critical Criteria:
Use past Secure coding outcomes and know what your objective is.
– What role does communication play in the success or failure of a Security by design project?
– What are the Key enablers to make this Security by design move?
Computer virus Critical Criteria:
Guard Computer virus results and catalog what business benefits will Computer virus goals deliver if achieved.
– How much does Security by design help?
Multi-factor authentication Critical Criteria:
Prioritize Multi-factor authentication adoptions and revise understanding of Multi-factor authentication architectures.
– what is the best design framework for Security by design organization now that, in a post industrial-age if the top-down, command and control model is no longer relevant?
– Does remote server administration require multi-factor authentication of administrative users for systems and databases?
– What tools do you use once you have decided on a Security by design strategy and more importantly how do you choose?
– Is multi-factor authentication supported for provider services?
Denial of service Critical Criteria:
Revitalize Denial of service engagements and secure Denial of service creativity.
– An administrator is concerned about denial of service attacks on their virtual machines (vms). what is an effective method to reduce the risk of this type of attack?
– Who will be responsible for making the decisions to include or exclude requested changes once Security by design is underway?
– How easy would it be to lose your service if a denial of service attack is launched within your cloud provider?
– Who will be responsible for deciding whether Security by design goes ahead or not after the initial investigations?
– What ability does the provider have to deal with denial of service attacks?
Intrusion prevention system Critical Criteria:
Discuss Intrusion prevention system goals and attract Intrusion prevention system skills.
– Are security alerts from the intrusion detection or intrusion prevention system (ids/ips) continuously monitored, and are the latest ids/ips signatures installed?
– What management system can we use to leverage the Security by design experience, ideas, and concerns of the people closest to the work to be done?
– Is a intrusion detection or intrusion prevention system used on the network?
– Do we all define Security by design in the same way?
– How can the value of Security by design be defined?
Secure by default Critical Criteria:
Reorganize Secure by default planning and cater for concise Secure by default education.
– Who is responsible for ensuring appropriate resources (time, people and money) are allocated to Security by design?
– What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective Security by design leader?
Computer crime Critical Criteria:
Guide Computer crime tasks and innovate what needs to be done with Computer crime.
– How do we ensure that implementations of Security by design products are done in a way that ensures safety?
– Are we making progress? and are we making progress as Security by design leaders?
– How to deal with Security by design Changes?
Cryptographic hash function Critical Criteria:
Interpolate Cryptographic hash function visions and assess what counts with Cryptographic hash function that we are not counting.
– What are your results for key measures or indicators of the accomplishment of your Security by design strategy and action plans, including building and strengthening core competencies?
– What will be the consequences to the business (financial, reputation etc) if Security by design does not go ahead or fails to deliver the objectives?
– Are there any disadvantages to implementing Security by design? There might be some that are less obvious?
Computer security Critical Criteria:
Deliberate over Computer security adoptions and simulate teachings and consultations on quality process improvement of Computer security.
– Does your company provide end-user training to all employees on Cybersecurity, either as part of general staff training or specifically on the topic of computer security and company policy?
– Will the selection of a particular product limit the future choices of other computer security or operational modifications and improvements?
– Does Security by design analysis show the relationships among important Security by design factors?
– Is the Security by design organization completing tasks effectively and efficiently?
– Who are the people involved in developing and implementing Security by design?
Call stack Critical Criteria:
Prioritize Call stack engagements and report on the economics of relationships managing Call stack and constraints.
– What are our best practices for minimizing Security by design project risk, while demonstrating incremental value and quick wins throughout the Security by design project lifecycle?
– How will you measure your Security by design effectiveness?
Mobile security Critical Criteria:
Value Mobile security tactics and work towards be a leading Mobile security expert.
Operating system shell Critical Criteria:
Probe Operating system shell issues and spearhead techniques for implementing Operating system shell.
– What are the usability implications of Security by design actions?
– What are our Security by design Processes?
Secure by design Critical Criteria:
Have a session on Secure by design governance and customize techniques for implementing Secure by design controls.
– Can Management personnel recognize the monetary benefit of Security by design?
User identifier Critical Criteria:
Prioritize User identifier governance and give examples utilizing a core of simple User identifier skills.
– Do those selected for the Security by design team have a good general understanding of what Security by design is all about?
– Which Security by design goals are the most important?
Machine code Critical Criteria:
Participate in Machine code results and pay attention to the small things.
– How will you know that the Security by design project has been successful?
Trojan horse Critical Criteria:
Think carefully about Trojan horse failures and create Trojan horse explanations for all managers.
– What other organizational variables, such as reward systems or communication systems, affect the performance of this Security by design process?
– Where do ideas that reach policy makers and planners as proposals for Security by design strengthening and reform actually originate?
Software Security Assurance Critical Criteria:
Examine Software Security Assurance tasks and get answers.
– What are the disruptive Security by design technologies that enable our organization to radically change our business processes?
Information security Critical Criteria:
Read up on Information security risks and don’t overlook the obvious.
– Does the information security function actively engage with other critical functions, such as it, Human Resources, legal, and the privacy officer, to develop and enforce compliance with information security and privacy policies and practices?
– Does mgmt communicate to the organization on the importance of meeting the information security objectives, conforming to the information security policy and the need for continual improvement?
– Are information security policies and other relevant security information disseminated to all system users (including vendors, contractors, and business partners)?
– Based on our information security Risk Management strategy, do we have official written information security and privacy policies, standards, or procedures?
– Are Human Resources subject to screening, and do they have terms and conditions of employment defining their information security responsibilities?
– Do suitable policies for the information security exist for all critical assets of the value added chain (indication of completeness of policies, Ico )?
– Does this review include assessing opportunities for improvement, need for changes to the ISMS, review of information security policy & objectives?
– Are information security roles and responsibilities coordinated and aligned with internal roles and external partners?
– Are damage assessment and disaster recovery plans in place?
– How to achieve a satisfied level of information security?
– Does your company have an information security officer?
– What is the main driver for information security expenditure?
– What is the goal of information security?
Intrusion detection system Critical Criteria:
Mine Intrusion detection system results and suggest using storytelling to create more compelling Intrusion detection system projects.
– How do you determine the key elements that affect Security by design workforce satisfaction? how are these elements determined for different workforce groups and segments?
– At what point will vulnerability assessments be performed once Security by design is put into production (e.g., ongoing Risk Management after implementation)?
– Can intrusion detection systems be configured to ignore activity that is generated by authorized scanner operation?
– What are our needs in relation to Security by design skills, labor, equipment, and markets?
– What is a limitation of a server-based intrusion detection system (ids)?
Software design Critical Criteria:
Accelerate Software design leadership and finalize specific methods for Software design acceptance.
– What is Effective Security by design?
Screen scrape Critical Criteria:
Deliberate Screen scrape results and finalize the present value of growth of Screen scrape.
– Do Security by design rules make a reasonable demand on a users capabilities?
– Is a Security by design Team Work effort in place?
Security through obscurity Critical Criteria:
Conceptualize Security through obscurity governance and attract Security through obscurity skills.
– What are the key elements of your Security by design performance improvement system, including your evaluation, organizational learning, and innovation processes?
Network security Critical Criteria:
Coach on Network security issues and get the big picture.
– Do we Make sure to ask about our vendors customer satisfaction rating and references in our particular industry. If the vendor does not know its own rating, it may be a red flag that youre dealing with a company that does not put Customer Service at the forefront. How would a company know what to improve if it had no idea what areas customers felt were lacking?
– What may be the consequences for the performance of an organization if all stakeholders are not consulted regarding Security by design?
– Are the disaster recovery plan (DRP) and the business contingency plan (BCP) tested annually?
– How does the organization define, manage, and improve its Security by design processes?
Dog food Critical Criteria:
Consolidate Dog food results and innovate what needs to be done with Dog food.
– Record-keeping requirements flow from the records needed as inputs, outputs, controls and for transformation of a Security by design process. ask yourself: are the records needed as inputs to the Security by design process available?
Computer code Critical Criteria:
See the value of Computer code quality and shift your focus.
– While it seems technically very likely that smart contracts can be programmed to execute the lifecycle events of a financial asset, and that those assets can be legally enshrined in computer code as a smart asset, how are they governed by law?
– A compounding model resolution with available relevant data can often provide insight towards a solution methodology; which Security by design models, tools and techniques are necessary?
– What are the short and long-term Security by design goals?
Computer worm Critical Criteria:
Investigate Computer worm governance and explore and align the progress in Computer worm.
– What is the total cost related to deploying Security by design, including any consulting or professional services?
– Is Security by design dependent on the successful delivery of a current project?
Format string attack Critical Criteria:
Refer to Format string attack adoptions and transcribe Format string attack as tomorrows backbone for success.
C standard library Critical Criteria:
Co-operate on C standard library issues and triple focus on important concepts of C standard library relationship management.
– Can we add value to the current Security by design decision-making process (largely qualitative) by incorporating uncertainty modeling (more quantitative)?
– How do we know that any Security by design analysis is complete and comprehensive?
Malicious user Critical Criteria:
Concentrate on Malicious user issues and simulate teachings and consultations on quality process improvement of Malicious user.
– Is there an account-lockout mechanism that blocks a maliCIOus user from obtaining access to an account by multiple password retries or brute force?
– When authenticating over the internet, is the application designed to prevent maliCIOus users from trying to determine existing user accounts?
– What sources do you use to gather information for a Security by design study?
Data-centric security Critical Criteria:
Add value to Data-centric security outcomes and differentiate in coordinating Data-centric security.
– Does Security by design include applications and information with regulatory compliance significance (or other contractual conditions that must be formally complied with) in a new or unique manner for which no approved security requirements, templates or design models exist?
– What is data-centric security and its role in GDPR compliance?
– Who sets the Security by design standards?
Internet security Critical Criteria:
Graph Internet security tasks and simulate teachings and consultations on quality process improvement of Internet security.
– What knowledge, skills and characteristics mark a good Security by design project manager?
Linus’ law Critical Criteria:
Survey Linus’ law tactics and reduce Linus’ law costs.
– Think about the kind of project structure that would be appropriate for your Security by design project. should it be formal and complex, or can it be less formal and relatively simple?
– What will drive Security by design change?
Multiple Independent Levels of Security Critical Criteria:
Accumulate Multiple Independent Levels of Security planning and plan concise Multiple Independent Levels of Security education.
– Does Security by design create potential expectations in other areas that need to be recognized and considered?
– Is there a Security by design Communication plan covering who needs to get what information when?
Undefined behavior Critical Criteria:
Consult on Undefined behavior engagements and define Undefined behavior competency-based leadership.
– How do we Improve Security by design service perception, and satisfaction?
– Are accountability and ownership for Security by design clearly defined?
Antivirus software Critical Criteria:
Track Antivirus software risks and innovate what needs to be done with Antivirus software.
Application security Critical Criteria:
Participate in Application security issues and remodel and develop an effective Application security strategy.
– Is there any existing Security by design governance structure?
– Who Is Responsible for Web Application Security in the Cloud?
Security by design Critical Criteria:
Demonstrate Security by design visions and point out improvements in Security by design.
Computer network Critical Criteria:
Refer to Computer network engagements and transcribe Computer network as tomorrows backbone for success.
– Is the illegal entry into a private computer network a crime in your country?
– How do we maintain Security by designs Integrity?
Cyber security standards Critical Criteria:
Confer re Cyber security standards outcomes and probe using an integrated framework to make sure Cyber security standards is getting what it needs.
Computer access control Critical Criteria:
Coach on Computer access control issues and look at the big picture.
Logic bomb Critical Criteria:
Substantiate Logic bomb leadership and prioritize challenges of Logic bomb.
– Are there recognized Security by design problems?
Web server Critical Criteria:
Define Web server decisions and get out your magnifying glass.
– Are web servers located on a publicly reachable network segment separated from the internal network by a firewall (dmz)?
– Do we know what we have specified in continuity of operations plans and disaster recovery plans?
– How can you measure Security by design in a systematic way?
SQL injection Critical Criteria:
Review SQL injection goals and slay a dragon.
– Think about the people you identified for your Security by design project and the project responsibilities you would assign to them. what kind of training do you think they would need to perform these responsibilities effectively?
– Are controls implemented on the server side to prevent sql injection and other bypassing of client side-input controls?
– Who will be responsible for documenting the Security by design requirements in detail?
– What are internal and external Security by design relations?
This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Security by design Self Assessment:
Author: Gerard Blokdijk
CEO at The Art of Service | http://theartofservice.com
Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.
To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:
Security by design External links:
Security by Design Principles – OWASP
Security by Design – Detroit, MI – inc.com
Global Privacy and Security By Design
Best coding practices External links:
Best Coding Practices to Show during Job Interviews – YouTube
Psychopath – Best coding practices comic
Home directory External links:
Funeral Home Directory – Legacy.com
Veterans Home Directory – California
Buffer overflow External links:
Buffer Overflow – OWASP
buffer overflow – Everything2.com
ALLMediaServer 0.95 – Buffer Overflow (PoC)
Principle of least privilege External links:
What is the principle of least privilege?
The Principle of Least Privilege – sqlity.net
Software engineering External links:
Software Engineering Institute
Academy for Software Engineering / Homepage
Secure coding External links:
Attendees | Topic: Secure Coding | Meetup
Computer virus External links:
Computer Virus – ABC News
Computer Viruses – AbeBooks
The Computer Virus (2004) – IMDb
Multi-factor authentication External links:
[PPT]Multi-Factor Authentication for Microsoft Office 365
Multi-Factor Authentication™ | User Portal
Denial of service External links:
Denial of Service Definition – Computer
Best Practices for Preventing DoS/Denial of Service …
Intrusion prevention system External links:
How does an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) work? – …
Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) | …
Intrusion prevention system
http://Intrusion prevention systems (IPS), also known as intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS), are network security appliances that monitor network and/or system activities for malicious activity. The main functions of intrusion prevention systems are to identify malicious activity, log information about this activity, attempt to block/stop it, and report it.
Secure by default External links:
[1708.07569] Secure by default – the case of TLS
Computer crime External links:
“Barney Miller” Computer Crime (TV Episode 1979) – IMDb
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section …
http://www.justice.gov › … › About The Criminal Division › Sections/Offices
ORS 164.377 – Computer crime – 2015 Oregon Revised …
Cryptographic hash function External links:
9-7.4 Cryptographic Hash Function – USPS
What Is a Cryptographic Hash Function? – Lifewire
Computer security External links:
Computer Security (Cybersecurity) – The New York Times
Naked Security – Computer Security News, Advice and …
Computer Security Products for Home Users | Kaspersky Lab …
Mobile security External links:
Mobile Security | Education Center | BB&T Bank
Find Your Lost or Stolen Android Device | AVG Mobile Security
Mobile Protection, Enterprise Mobile Security – Skycure
Operating system shell External links:
Operating System Shell Commands | StudyDaddy.com
Secure by design External links:
Legolas Exchange, Fair and Secure By Design
Holovision | Holovision | Credits | Secure by Design
User identifier External links:
Does SSL connection provide any unique user identifier?
User identifier – YouTube
Machine code External links:
Assembly code vs Machine code vs Object code? – Stack Ove…
Machine Code Instructions – YouTube
What is “Machine Code” (aka “Machine Language”)?
Trojan horse External links:
Trojan horse | Story & Facts | Britannica.com
Software Security Assurance External links:
Importance of Software Security Assurance | Oracle
Information security External links:
Federal Information Security Management Act – CSRC
[PDF]TITLE III INFORMATION SECURITY – Certifications
Intrusion detection system External links:
[PDF]Section 9. Intrusion Detection Systems
Intrusion Detection Systems – CERIAS
Software design External links:
Devbridge – Custom software design and development
MjM Software Design
The Nerdery | Custom Software Design and Development
Screen scrape External links:
http://Screen scraping is programming that translates between legacy application programs (written to communicate with now generally obsolete input/output devices and user interfaces) and new user interfaces so that the logic and data associated with the legacy programs can continue to be used.
Security through obscurity External links:
Security through obscurity – InfoAnarchy
Is Security Through Obscurity Safer Than Open Source …
security through obscurity – Wiktionary
Network security External links:
IANS – Institute for Applied Network Security
NIKSUN – Network Security and Performance
Firewall Management Software | Network Security …
Dog food External links:
Dog Food & Health Products from TruDog® | Keeping It Real™
Native® Performance Dog Food | Home
Dog Food Advisor – Official Site
Computer code External links:
Teach U.S. kids to write computer code – CNN
Chrysler ECU Computer Code 13 – Allpar
Computer worm External links:
Most Popular “Computer Worm” Titles – IMDb
Computer worm Facts for Kids | KidzSearch.com
[PDF]Computer Worms – School of Computing
Format string attack External links:
Format String Attack – WhiteHat Security
Format string attack – OWASP
C standard library External links:
C standard library (Book, 1987) [WorldCat.org]
C Standard Library header files – cppreference.com
Malicious user External links:
Import This Malicious User-Agent String Feed | RSA Link
[PDF]Malicious User Detection in a Cognitive Radio …
Internet security External links:
Antivirus Software, Internet Security, Spyware and …
Center for Internet Security – Official Site
Internet Security | Home Network Protection | Avast
Multiple Independent Levels of Security External links:
[PDF]MILS Multiple Independent Levels of Security – ACSA)
Multiple Independent Levels of Security
http://Multiple Independent Levels of Security/Safety (MILS) is a high-assurance security architecture based on the concepts of separation and controlled information flow; implemented by separation mechanisms that support both untrusted and trustworthy components; ensuring that the total security solution is non-bypassable, evaluatable, always invoked and tamperproof.
Undefined behavior External links:
Undefined behavior – cppreference.com
Undefined Behavior – OWASP
Undefined behavior – cppreference.com
Antivirus software External links:
Geek Squad Antivirus Software Download | Webroot
Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus Software | Norton
The best antivirus software of 2017 | TechRadar
Application security External links:
BLM Application Security System
Program Rules – Application Security – Google
Application Security News, Tutorials & Tools – DZone
Security by design External links:
Security by Design – Detroit, MI – inc.com
Global Privacy and Security By Design
Security by Design Principles – OWASP
Computer network External links:
Computer network (eBook, 2009) [WorldCat.org]
Cyber security standards External links:
Cyber security standards – ScienceDaily
Cyber Security Standards | NIST
Computer access control External links:
lxhung | Computer Access Control | Digital Rights
CASSIE – Computer Access Control
Computer Access Control – Home | Facebook
Logic bomb External links:
Browse and Read Logic Bomb Logic Bomb logic bomb
logic bomb – Everything2.com
Browse and Read Logic Bomb Logic Bomb logic bomb
Web server External links:
Cesanta | Embedded web server
ProjectWise Web Server
What is Web server? – Definition from WhatIs.com
SQL injection External links:
PHP: SQL Injection – Manual
What is SQL Injection (SQLi) and How to Fix It
SQL Injection – OWASP