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The presentation

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A presentation on the OpenSAMM Maturity Model, and how it can be used to start or shape a software assurance program.

This presentation is given as part of OWASP Software Assurance Day at the | 13th Annual Software Assurance Forum.

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The speaker

A speaker bio for Shakeel Tufail will be posted shortly.


Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM)

The Open 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. Anyone can provide feedback on OSAMM at the[1] we site. SAMM has Creative Commons rights management.

OSAMM is used as a measuring stick against an organization’s security practices and functions. The OSAMM maturity model should be used as a scorecard for improving software assurance and provides prescriptive guidance for technical and non-technical users.

OSAMM divides the SDLC into the governance, construction, verification, and deployment business functions, each consisting of 12 security practices. Each practice is a silo for improvement that can be performed independently or as part of a plan. The maturity of each practice is scored from 0 to 3.

The approach of SAMM is iterative and the goal is to have a phased approach to assess which areas need the most work and prioritize. The initial results are used to create a baseline roadmap from which the phased approach would be developed. The resulting scorecard provides a basis to perform a gap analysis.

A new OSAMM version will include new functionality of analyzing feedback, case studies, and mapping of OSAMM to other regulations such as PCI, COBIT, CMMI, and FISMA. See [https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/swa/proself_assm.html Software Assurance (SwA) Self-Assessment ] where the SwA Processes and Practices Working Group has synthesized the contributions of leading government and industry experts (including OSAMM) into a set of high-level goals and supporting practices.