Software integrity is the proactive process of examining quality and security throughout the entire development process. This process allows organizations to operate quickly, effectively, and efficiently by:
- Investigating areas of concern before they become an issue
- Mitigating potential vulnerabilities before attackers can exploit them
- Implementing corrective actions to recover quickly from incidents
New vulnerabilities can be injected at any time in the software development lifecycle. As a result, it is crucial to proactively conduct regular security assessments. In order to stay ahead of potential threats of attack, your software integrity program must be robust and comprehensive. It must have an adequate focus on managing security risks across the current landscape.
A business cannot effectively manage risks and liability to successfully achieve its objectives, while protecting its assets, without adding the assurance of a strong software integrity program.
Seven Benefits to Software Integrity
It ensures threat detection isn’t time-bound.
A software integrity program must be cohesive at all stages in order to prevent and mitigate breaches.
It maintains continuous profiling of the software portfolio.
There is a need for continuous profiling, monitoring, and scanning in order to achieve steady growth of software and applications within the portfolio without disturbing a security balance. This information can be fed into the architecture analysis of applications as well as for educating developers, testers, and enterprise architects who continuously monitor your program.
It allows for high-privileged activity monitoring.
Security and quality programs must be able to profile high-privileged activity (HPA) events from regular events. This nurtures a big-picture focus and anticipates threat actions.
It minimizes the containment area.
There is always back and forth between attackers and security professionals. Integrity programs must continue to protect assets and minimize the vulnerable attack area. It should also continuously log relevant applications, networks, infrastructure, and user activities.
It provides retrospective assessment of the application landscape.
A software integrity program allows you to rewind and provide necessary indicators that can correlate and form the audit trail of activities. This offers an effective method to understand the nature of compromise and form a line of actions for forensic and audit purposes.
It accounts for governance, risk, and compliance concerns.
Enterprise software and application security must address critical components of business risks and regulatory compliance. Furthermore, it must rate the assets, applications, and associated data, and evolve vulnerability management processes to stay on top of the growing threats and to control the environment.
It supports smart analytics and data visualization of organizational events.
These analytics can provide a strong context of security events within the organization and help in making smart decisions on vulnerability management, remediation strategies, and compliance.
The 4-Step Independent Verification & Validation Process
- Verify if the product meets the stated requirements, specifications, or constraints
- Validate whether the product achieves its intended purpose and meets needs of the stakeholder community
Integrated IV&V allows developers to mitigate the risk of implementing systems that do not satisfy customer expectations reducing the need for costly rework. The most effective IV&V evaluation consists of four phases:
Here, one identifies the objectives of the effort and gathers requirements for the target system. Additionally, stakeholders develop and validate a requirements matrix to identify each requirement, verification method, V&V event, and conditions. This offers a framework for correlating requirements and supporting data.
During this phase, the IV&V team evaluates the current documentation and assesses perspectives of stakeholders across the organization. This allows the team to monitor and trace the impact of changes and dependencies throughout the development effort. Review and provide analysis of test results follow the test performance.
Additionally, verification processes should include demonstration, inspection, and analysis to evaluate whether the delivered or proposed capability meets the intent of the stated requirement.
After completing IV&V tests, the data must be synthesized. Actual results are compared against predicted results and expected outcomes. Negative results are to be fully characterized with details and context.
Output from IV&V testing activities consists of reports documenting:
- Compliance or noncompliance with requirements
- Evidence supporting conclusions
- Recommendations on deployment and for rectifying issues or instances of noncompliance
A strong independent verification and validation process plays a key role in software integrity. This process of determining whether the software under analysis is robust, meets stated requirements, and achieves its intended purpose, is critical to effective and efficient software integrity.
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