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[edit] is a valuable resource for any company involved with online payment card transactions. Dell uses OWASP’s Software Assurance Maturity Model (OpenSAMM) to help focus our resources and determine which components of our secure application development program to prioritize. Participation in OWASP’s local chapter meetings and conferences around the globe helps us build stronger networks with our colleagues. , (Michael J. Craigue, Information Security & Compliance, Dell, Inc.)

The Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) is an open framework to help organizations formulate and implement a strategy for software security that is tailored to the specific risks facing the organization. The resources provided by SAMM will aid in:

  • Evaluating an organization’s existing software security practices
  • Building a balanced software security assurance program in well-defined iterations
  • Demonstrating concrete improvements to a security assurance program
  • Defining and measuring security-related activities throughout an organization

SAMM was defined with flexibility in mind such that it can be utilized by small, medium, and large organizations using any style of development. Additionally, this model can be applied organization-wide, for a single line-of-business, or even for an individual project. Beyond these traits, SAMM was built on the following principles:

  • An organization’s behavior changes slowly over time - A successful software security program should be specified in small iterations that deliver tangible assurance gains while incrementally working toward long-term goals.
  • There is no single recipe that works for all organizations - A software security framework must be flexible and allow organizations to tailor their choices based on their risk tolerance and the way in which they build and use software.
  • Guidance related to security activities must be prescriptive - All the steps in building and assessing an assurance program should be simple, well-defined, and measurable. This model also provides roadmap templates for common types of organizations.

The foundation of the model is built upon the core business functions of software development with security practices tied to each (see diagram below). The building blocks of the model are the three maturity levels defined for each of the twelve security practices. These define a wide variety of activities in which an organization could engage to reduce security risks and increase software assurance. Additional details are included to measure successful activity performance, understand the associated assurance benefits, estimate personnel and other costs.


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Strategy & Metrics
Policy & Compliance
Education & Guidance
Threat Assessment
Security Requirements
Secure Architecture
Design Review
Code Review
Security Testing
Vulnerability Management
Environment Hardening
Operational Enablement


SAMM Adopters

Current list of OpenSAMM adopters

SAMM Workshops

During the AppSec conferences, the SAMM project team organises workshops for you to influence the direction SAMM evolves.

This is also an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences with your peers.

If you plan on attending or be sure to get involved in the SAMM workshops (scheduled on Aug-21 and Nov-21).

  • The agenda for the SAMM Workshop in Hamburg on 21-Aug-2013 is available here.
  • The agenda for the SAMM Workshop in New York on 21-Nov-2013 is available here.

Project Name Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) Project
Short Project Description

The Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) project is committed to building a usable framework to help organizations formulate and implement a strategy for application security that's tailored to the specific business risks facing the organization. The goal is to create well-defined and measurable goals that can be used by small, medium,and large sized organizations in any line of business that involves software development.
In 2013 SAMM will be improved, see the announcement on the mailing list here.

Key Project Information

Project Leader
Seba Deleersnyder
Project Co-leaders
Pravir Chandra
Kuai Hinojosa
Bart De Win

Project Contibutors
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Project Type


Release Status Main Links Related Projects

Alpha Quality
Please see here for complete information.

Project Activities 2013

Project Work Packages:
If you have some cycles to spare, have a look at the open tasks in the online Work Package list here

2013 Roadmap:
Is available via this link

Project meeting minutes:

  • Last meeting notes 16-June-2013: goto here
  • Kick-off meeting notes / actions 7-Feb 2013: goto here

Download the latest OpenSAMM presentation (was presented by Seba at the Geneva chapter meeting on 25-June-2013) here

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