Secure and Resilient Software: Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods

Secure and Resilient Software: Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods


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Secure and Resilient Software: Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods by Mark S. Merkow, Lakshmikanth Raghavan

Secure and Resilient Software: Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods provides a comprehensive set of requirements for secure and resilient software development and operation. It supplies documented test cases for those requirements as well as best practices for testing nonfunctional requirements for improved information assurance. This resource-rich book includes:

  • Pre-developed nonfunctional requirements that can be reused for any software development project
  • Documented test cases that go along with the requirements and can be used to develop a Test Plan for the software
  • Testing methods that can be applied to the test cases provided
  • A CD with all security requirements and test cases as well as MS Word versions of the checklists, requirements, and test cases covered in the book

Offering ground-level, already-developed software nonfunctional requirements and corresponding test cases and methods, this book will help to ensure that your software meets its nonfunctional requirements for security and resilience. The accompanying CD filled with helpful checklists and reusable documentation provides you with the tools needed to integrate security into the requirements analysis, design, and testing phases of your software development lifecycle.

Some Praise for the Book:

This book pulls together the state of the art in thinking about this important issue in a holistic way with several examples. It takes you through the entire lifecycle from conception to implementation ... .
—Doug Cavit, Chief Security Strategist, Microsoft Corporation

...provides the reader with the tools necessary to jump-start and mature security within the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
—Jeff Weekes, Sr. Security Architect at Terra Verde Services

... full of useful insights and practical advice from two authors who have lived this process. What you get is a tactical application security roadmap that cuts through the noise and is immediately applicable to your projects.
—Jeff Williams, Aspect Security CEO and Volunteer Chair of the OWASP Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439866214
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/09/2011
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark S. Merkow, CISSP, CISM, CSSLP works at PayPal Inc. (an eBay company) in Scottsdale, Arizona, as Manager of Information Security Policies, Standards, Training, and Awareness in the Information Risk Management area. Mark has more than 35 years of experience in information technology in a variety of roles, including applications development, systems analysis and design, security engineering, and security management. Mark holds a masters degree in decision and info systems from Arizona State University (ASU), a masters of education in distance learning from ASU, and an undergraduate degree in computer info systems from ASU. In addition to his day job, Mark engages in a number of other extracurricular activities, including consulting, course development, online course delivery, and writing columns and books on information technology and information security.

Mark has authored or coauthored ten books on IT and is a contributing editor on four others. Mark remains very active within the information security community, working in a variety of roles for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC), and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSCCC) on Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

He is the chairman of the Education Committee for the FS-ISAC and is a founding member of the Research and Development Committee of the FSSCC.

Lakshmikanth Raghavan, CISM, CRISC (Laksh) works at PayPal Inc. (an eBay company) as Staff Information Security Engineer in the Information Risk Management area, specializing in application security. Laksh has more than ten years of experience in the areas of information security and information risk management, and has provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and financial services companies around the world. Laksh holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Madras, India. He enjoys writing security-related articles and has spoken on the various dimensions of software security at industry forums and security conferences. This is Laksh’s second book.

Table of Contents

Secure and Resilient
Bad Design Choices Led to the Vulnerable Internet We Know Today
HTTP Has Its Problems, Too
Design Errors Continue Haunting Us Today
Requirements & Design: The Keys to a Successful Software Project
How Design Flaws Play Out
DNS Vulnerability
The London Stock Exchange
Medical Equipment
Airbus A380
Solutions Are In Sight!

Nonfunctional Requirements (NFRs) in Context
System Quality Requirements Engineering (SQUARE)
Agree on Definitions
Identify Assets and Security/Quality Goals
Perform Risk Assessments
Elicit Security Requirements
Prioritize Requirements
Characteristics of Good Requirements

Resilience and Quality Considerations for Application Software and the Application Runtime Environment
Relationships among Nonfunctional Requirements
Considerations for Developing NFRs for your Applications and Runtime Environment
Checking Your Work

Security Requirements for Application Software
Security Control Types
Think Like an Attacker
Detailed Security Requirements
Identification Requirements
Authentication Requirements
Authorization Requirements
Security Auditing Requirements
Confidentiality Requirements
Integrity Requirements
Availability Requirements
Nonrepudiation Requirements
Immunity Requirements
Survivability Requirements
Systems Maintenance Security Requirements
Privacy Requirements

Security Services for the Application Operating Environment
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)
Standardizing Tools for an Enterprise Architecture
Security Technical Reference Model (TRM)
Identification and Authentication
System Entry Control
Access Control
Security Management
Trusted Recovery
Trusted Communications

Software Design Considerations for Security and Resilience
Design Issues
Architecture and Design Considerations
Special Security Design Considerations for Payment Applications on Mobile Communications Devices
Designing for Integrity
Architecture and Design Review Checklist

Best Practices for Converting Requirements to Secure Software Designs
Secure Design Approach
Reusable Security APIs/Libraries
Security Frameworks
Establishing and Following Best Practices for Design
Security Requirements
Security Recommendations
What’s an Attack Surface?
What Is Managed Code?
Understanding Business Requirements for Security Design

Security Test Cases
Standardized Testing Policy
Security Test Cases
Test Cases for Identification Requirements
Test Cases for Authentication Requirements
Test Cases for Authorization Requirements
Test Cases for Security Auditing Requirements
Test Cases for Confidentiality Requirements
Test Cases for Integrity Requirements
Test Cases for Availability Requirements
Test Cases for Nonrepudiation Requirements
Test Cases for Immunity Requirements
Test Cases for Survivability Requirements
Test Cases for Systems Maintenance Security Requirements

Testing Methods and Best Practices
Secure Testing Approach
OWASP’s Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS)
Application Security Verification Levels
Level 1—Automated Verification
Level 2—Manual Verification
Level 3—Design Verification
Level 4—Internal Verification
Security Testing Methods
Manual Source Code Review
Automated Source Code Analysis
Automated Reviews Compared with Manual Reviews
Automated Source Code Analysis Tools—Deployment Strategy
IDE Integration for Developers
Build Integration for Governance
Automated Dynamic Analysis
Limitations of Automated Dynamic Analysis Tools
Automated Dynamic Analysis Tools—Deployment Strategy
Developer Testing
Centralized Quality Assurance Testing
Penetration (Pen) Testing
Gray Box Testing

Connecting the Moving Parts
Security Requirements
Security Requirements: Level 1
Security Requirements: Level 2
Security Requirements: Level 3
Security Testing
Security Testing: Level 1
Security Testing: Level 2
Security Testing: Level 3

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