OWASP Application Security Guide For CISOs Project

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OWASP Application Security Guide For CISOs

Among application security stakeholders, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are responsible for application security from governance, compliance and risk perspectives. The Application Security Guide For CISOs seeks to help CISOs manage application security programs according to their own roles, responsibilities, perspectives and needs. Application security best practices and OWASP resources are referenced throughout the guide.


Introduction

The purpose of this document is to guide the CISO in managing application security from initial problem statement to delivery of the solution. We start this journey with the creation of the business cases for investing in application security following with the awareness of threats targeting applications, the identification of the economical impacts, the determination of a risk mitigation strategy, the prioritization of the mitigation of the risk of vulnerabilities, the selection of security control measures to mitigate risks, the adoption of secure software development processes and maturity models and we conclude this journey with the selection of metrics for reporting and managing application security risk.


Objectives

The guide assists CISOs manage application security risks by considering the exposure from emerging threats and compliance requirements. The objectives of this guide are to help:

  • Make application security visible to CISOs
  • Assure compliance of applications with security regulations for privacy, data protection and information security
  • Prioritize vulnerability remediation based upon risk exposure to the business
  • Provide guidance for building and managing application security processes
  • Analyze cyber-threats against applications and identify countermeasures
  • Institute application security training for developers and managers
  • Measure and manage application security risks and processes


Licensing

The OWASP Application Security Guide For CISOs is free to use. It is licensed under the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license], so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.


Core Content

The CISO guide includes:

  • Part I: Reasons for Investing in Application Security
  • Part II: Criteria for Managing Application Security Risks
  • Part III: Application Security Program
  • Part IV: Metrics For Managing Risks & Application Security Investments


Presentation

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PPTX presentation given at OWASP NYC U.S.A. Chapter Meeting on 15 November 2012


Project Leader

Marco Morana


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In Print

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This project can be purchased as a print on demand book from Lulu.com.

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Volunteers

The Application Security Guide For CISOs Project was authored, edited and reviewed by a worldwide team of volunteers. The primary contributors to date have been:

  • Tobias Gondrom
  • Eoin Keary
  • Andy Lewis
  • Marco Morana
  • Stephanie Tan
  • Colin Watson


As of 8 November 2013, the priorities are:

  • Announce and promote v1.0 at AppSec USA
  • Gain support and additional contributors
  • Translate book

Involvement in the development and promotion of the CISO Guide is actively encouraged. You do not have to be a security expert in order to contribute. Some of the ways you can help:

  • Review the text
  • Graphical design for the book cover and diagrams

Please participate through the project's mailing list.


what is this project?
Name: OWASP Application Security Guide For CISOs Project (home page)
Purpose:
  • The purpose of this document is to guide the CISO in managing application security from initial problem statement to delivery of the solution. We start this journey with the creation of the business cases for investing in application security following with the awareness of threats targeting applications, the identification of the economical impacts, the determination of a risk mitigation strategy, the prioritization of the mitigation of the risk of vulnerabilities, the selection of security control measures to mitigate risks,the adoption of secure software development processes and maturity models and we conclude this journey with the selection of metrics for reporting and managing application security risk.

Draft Version: More info about this project can be found in the introductory page of the guide Application Security Guide For CISOs

License: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0
who is working on this project?
Project Leader(s):
  • Marco Morana @
how can you learn more?
Project Pamphlet: Not Yet Created
Project Presentation: View
Mailing list: Mailing List Archives
Project Roadmap: View
Main links:
Key Contacts
  • Contact Marco Morana @ to contribute to this project
  • Contact Marco Morana @ to review or sponsor this project
  • Contact the GPC to report a problem or concern about this project or to update information.