Monday, 26 March 2007

Secruity Testing

These last weeks I've been drawn into the study of Software Security Testing. By that i mean testing of security features, not the infrastructure.

As if building the web site and playing video games while trying to learn Python wasn't enough. It's been a busy few weeks while I'm 'in between jobs'.

It seems that the area of software security testing has yet to reach the level of maturity that Software Testing is beginning to enjoy. Not that software testing, even your basic black box functional testing, is as universally accepted as software development.

Soapboxing that software security should be seen as a separate area of delivery, that needs trained and experienced professionals to deliver on it sounds like the evangelical standpoint that was adopted for testing a few years ago.

Yet, reading around you discover there are some luminaries in the field that are pushing for this to change. The likes of Gary McGraw, that CTO of Cigital, stand out as Security testing's own Cem Kaner. Visiting his software security website over at http://www.cigital.com/ and listening to the Silver Bullet Security Podcasts reinforces that.

A sister company of Cigital is Fortify and they've developed an interesting idea to approach the actual delivery of software security testing. Combine that with the need for building security into the product right at the design phase.

Over at the Cyreath website I've written a discussion document around software security testing, read it here: http://www.cyreath.co.uk/papers/Cyreath_Testing_Software_Security.pdf then come back to the blog and share your thoughts.

Mark Crowther - Head of SWT (South West Trains...)

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