Vulnerability Management In An Application Security World presented at OWASP Appsec 2009

by Dan Dan cornell (Denim Group),

Tags: Security Web Application Security

URL : http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Vulnerability_Management_in_an_Application_Security_World

Summary : Identifying application-level vulnerabilities via penetration tests and code reviews is only the first step in actually addressing the underlying risk. Managing vulnerabilities for applications is more challenging than dealing with traditional infrastructure-level vulnerabilities because they typically require the coordination of security teams with application development teams and require security managers to secure time from developers during already-cramped development and release schedules. In addition, fixes require changes to custom application code and application-specific business logic rather than the patches and configuration changes that are often sufficient to address infrastructure-level vulnerabilities. This presentation details many of the pitfalls organizations encounter while trying to manage application-level vulnerabilities as well as outlines strategies security teams can use for communicating with development teams. Similarities and differences between security teams' practice of vulnerability management and development teams' practice of defect management will be addressed in order to facilitate healthy communication between these groups.

Dan Dan cornell: Dan Cornell has over twelve years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As a Principal of Denim Group, he leads the organization's technology team overseeing methodology development and project execution for Denim Group's customers. He also heads the Denim Group application security research team, investigating the application of secure coding and development techniques to the improvement of web based software development methodologies. In addition, Dan Cornell performed as the CTO of BrandDefense, architecting and developing their cutting-edge intellectual property protection technologies. Over a one year period of development he brought their web-based intellectual property protection technologies through three major versions, surpassing the applications of well funded and entrenched competitors. Previously he was the Vice President, Global Competency Leader for Rare Medium's Java and Unix competency center, based in San Antonio, Texas with development centers in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Sydney, Australia. He directed the development of best practices and policy for the cornerstone of Rare Medium's technical development arm, specializing in server-side Java application development. Prior to its acquisition by Rare Medium, Cornell was a founder and Vice President of Engineering for Atension, Inc. where he led the technical development team and served as the architect for the company's internal engineering practices. In March 1999, Texas Monthly magazine named Cornell and his partners, Sheridan Chambers and Tyson Weihs, to its list of 30 "Multimedia Whizzes Under Thirty" doing business in Texas.