Positive Security Project

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Welcome to the Positive Security Project

A common approach on most companies is adequate the protection of their assets as part of a post mortem lessons learned process. A web site changes, data compromised and unavailability as a result of a DoS attack are common examples on a start point to accept the existence of security flaws and initiate the security enhancement to avoid future occurrences. Even in these cases the adequate security is not always performed as a consequence of the enhancement process and the most common result is to allocate efforts on the problem’s source and simply forget about the rest.

The Positive Security Project was initiated on the OWASP Summer of Code 2008 as a long term initiative to support a continuous learning process for the market on adopt a “positive security attitude” as part of their common IT management practices through a marketing campaign to encourage a positive approach.

The broader vision for this project is to work for change in the software market. To increase application security, we need to make it possible for people to make informed decisions about the software they buy. Then the market can work to encourage security. To enable informed decisions, we need real information about the people, process, and technology used to create an application. And that means we need positive disclosure. The negative approach to security leads to the penetrate-and-patch hamster wheel of pain security management process. The time has come to be positive and proactive.


Get Involved on Positive Security

What is Positive Security?

Positive security focuses on verifying that security controls are present, properly implemented, and used in all the right places. It involves white lists and only allowing what's specifically allowed. And it involves disclosing what a company does to ensure the security of the software it produces (positive disclosure). Disclosing vulnerabilities (negative disclosure/full disclosure) has a role in the market, but the metrics produced are meaningless.

How to Adopt a Positive Security Approach? (For Suppliers)

  • An Overview of the Positive Security Approach - The Supplier Side

How to Adopt a Positive Security Approach? (For Customers)

  • An Overview of the Positive Security Approach - The Customer Side
  • How to sell the Positive Security Approach within your company
  • How to explain the Positive Security Approach amongst your IT colleagues
  • How to explain the Positive Security Approach for your internal customers

Public Resources on Positive Security (Companies Related)

Public Resources on Positive Security (Government Related)

  • The Tokeneer Project: In order to demonstrate that developing highly secure systems to the level of rigor required by the higher assurance levels of the Common Criteria is possible, the NSA (National Security Agency) asked Praxis High Integrity Systems to undertake a research project to develop part of an existing secure system (the Tokeneer System) in accordance with Praxis’ Correctness by Construction development process. This development and research work has now been made available by the NSA to the software development and security communities in an effort to prove that it is possible to develop secure systems rigorously in a cost effective manner.

Public Resources on Positive Security (Community Related)



The Positive Security Index

Updates

28 October 2008

  • Page layout changed to include more resources

23 September 2008

  • The Top 50 Software Companies list was updated with relative information and links to companies' resources on Positive Security.


Get Involved

Everyone has something to contribute. Sharing public available information on how companies are dealing with the Positive Security Attitude is well appreciated and also the vice-versa, where companies simply don’t care about their security controls until a problem occurs and a considerable impact. If you want to contribute to the project as an author, reviewer or in any other fashion, please send a message to owasp (at) camargoneves.com explaining what you can do and how much effort you can allocate to this non-profit volunteer process.


Top 50 Software Companies

The Top 50 Software Companies were defined following The Big International Software Index, published at Software Top 100 web site and these companies are being studied to understand what kind of approach they maintain to deal with IT Security and if the material can be useful as reference for the Positive Security Project. This list was also defined as the reference for the OWASP Corporate Application Security Rating Guide.

For each company listed, the following information are stated on this page:

  • Summary: A brief description of the company, normally copied from Wikipedia or their own website.
  • Related Websites: Links to these companies’ websites where information on Positive Security Approach is published and available for public use.
  • Related Resources: Documents, methodologies, presentations and all other resources directly related to the Positive Security approach which are available for the community.

Note: All links and supportive information was directly collected from the software companies' web sites without any change or adjustment. Please read it understanding that some marketing approach may be in use and apply your own critical view. :-)


01. Microsoft

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Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation, which rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. It develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Microsoft CTO and Senior Vice President Craig Mundie authored a whitepaper in 2002, defining the framework of the company’s Trustworthy Computing program. Four areas were identified as the initiative’s key “pillars”. Microsoft has subsequently organized its efforts to align with these goals. These key activities are set forth as: Security, Privacy, Reliability and Business Integrity. (Ref.1) (Ref.2)


Related Websites

  • Microsoft Security Main Page: Provides links and general information about several information security related initiatives and strategies at Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL): Main website for Microsoft's SDL, a company-wide initiative and a mandatory policy since 2004. Combining a holistic and practical approach, SDL introduces security and privacy early and throughout the development process.

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02. IBM

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(03) Oracle

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(04) SAP

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(05) HP

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(06) Symantec

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(07) Computer Associates

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(08) Electronic Arts

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(09) Adobe

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(10) Nintendo

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(11) EMC

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(12) Autodesk

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(13) NCR

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(14) Activision

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(15) Cisco

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(16) SunGard

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(17) BMC

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(18) Intuit

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(19) Cadence

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(20) Dassault

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(21) THQ

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(22) Synopsys

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(23) Vivendi Universal Games

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(24) Take 2 Interactive

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(25) SAS Institute

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(26) Citrix

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(27) BEA

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(28) UGS

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(29)Cognos

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(30 Reynolds & Reynolds

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(31) Compuware

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(32) Trend Micro

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(33) Qualcomm

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(34) Apple

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(35) Novell

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(36) Sage

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(37) Misys

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(38) Infor

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(39) McAfee

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(40) Business Objects

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(41) Hyperion Solutions

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(42) Parametric Technology

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(43) Sybase

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(44) Fair Isaac

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(45) Checkpoint

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(46) Mentor Graphics

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(47) Software AG

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(48) Intergraph

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(49) Philips

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(50) Eclipsys

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