The security development lifecycle: SDL, a process for developing demonstrably more secure software

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Microsoft Press, Jun 28, 2006 - Computers - 320 pages

Your customers demand and deserve better security and privacy in their software. This book is the first to detail a rigorous, proven methodology that measurably minimizes security bugs—the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). In this long-awaited book, security experts Michael Howard and Steve Lipner from the Microsoft Security Engineering Team guide you through each stage of the SDL—from education and design to testing and post-release. You get their first-hand insights, best practices, a practical history of the SDL, and lessons to help you implement the SDL in any development organization.

Discover how to:

  • Use a streamlined risk-analysis process to find security design issues before code is committed
  • Apply secure-coding best practices and a proven testing process
  • Conduct a final security review before a product ships
  • Arm customers with prescriptive guidance to configure and deploy your product more securely
  • Establish a plan to respond to new security vulnerabilities
  • Integrate security discipline into agile methods and processes, such as Extreme Programming and Scrum

Includes a CD featuring:

  • A six-part security class video conducted by the authors and other Microsoft security experts
  • Sample SDL documents and fuzz testing tool

PLUS—Get book updates on the Web.

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The Need for the
The Threats Have Changed
Current Software Development Methods Fail to Produce Secure Software

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About the author (2006)

Michael Howard is a security program manager at Microsoft, focusing on secure design, programming, and testing techniques. He works with hundreds of people both inside and outside the company each year to help them improve security within their applications. He is the author of Designing Secure Web-Based Applications for Microsoft Windows 2000 and the coauthor of two editions of the award-winning Writing Secure Code, both from Microsoft Press. He has worked on Microsoft Windows security since 1992. Steve Lipner is Director of Security Engineering Strategy for Microsoft. Steve Lipner is Director of Security Engineering Strategy of Microsoft.

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