Building AppSec Culture

Continuous secure software engineering platform focusing on the human side of the software security problem by spreading AppSec awareness and ressources among stakeholders

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Building Security & Privacy by design ​can  ​be ​an intimidating ​and challenging task for many organizations.

​Software Security Risks are increasing in today’s business environment

​There are about 20 millions software developers in the world, writing more than 100 billions lines of code per year, and​ producing 90% of all vulnerabilities.

There is no single recipe that works for all organizations because the business is not always aligned with IT: different development teams,  different technologies and different business priorities.

Combined with the lack of security skills in-house, the lack of budget and the lack of awareness ​toward application security issues​, ​doubts about effectiveness of existing security measures and fear of failing compliance audits or suffering a data breach ​are enforced.

​People understand that security has to be built by design. But the disturbing rise in threats and attacks on ​software ​ prooves that traditional appraoches only lead to marginal and unsustainable improvements.

​Mitigating ​application risks before impacting ​your organization requires to ​​move the focus to secure software engineering​ and to build ​the missing ​ blocks in your development lifecycle, such as code reviews, security testing, vulnerability management, etc. But it all starts with training your developers and architects to protect their apps, by design, from known vulnerabilities and ​ hacking technics. 

"If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology"

Bruce Schneier

​Software security become a shared responsibility among stakeholders


continus.io provides security awareness training for all the personnel involved in software development and continuous coaching to the identified "Security Champions" within each team. Easily onboard developers in the training course to make security a shared responsibility among all stakeholders involved in software development. 

​Your AppSec journey starts with ​our training

continus.io is providing training for employees to increase their security awareness, either through live-video courses led by our trainers or through gamified security challenges to understand how the most relevant application security flaws occur and how to prevent them. It goes beyond building awareness by enabling trainees to incorporate security practices into their work.

Easily onboard your ​developers

You have no logistics to manage, no training rooms to book. Just send the registration link that will be provided to your developers to be enrolled.

Educate and monitor progression

Provide your teams involved in the software life-cycle with knowledge and resources to design, develop, and deploy secure software, and monitor their progress.

Identify your Security Champions

Identify "Security Champions" who are going to be the missing link between Information Security and developers throughout your organization.

Build your AppSec community

Build a secure software community including all organization people involved in software security to make it a shared responsibility among all employees.

Application Security for CISO

Risks

Top 5 CISO Application Security Risks


  • Lack of awareness for application security issues 
  • Insecure source code development
  • Poor/inadequate testing methodologies
  • Lack of budget to support application security initiatives
  • Staffing (e.g., lack of security skills within team)


Priorities

Top 5 CISO Priorities


  • Security awareness and training for developers
  • Secure development lifecycle processes 
  • Security testing for apps
  • App vulnerability management technologies & processes
  • Static analysis of source code to find security defects

Challenges

Top 5 CISO Challenges to effectively deliver your organization’s application security initiatives

  • Availability of skilled resources
  • Level of security awareness by the developers
  • Management awareness and sponsorship
  • Adequate budget
  • Organizational change
  • Training ​plays a critical role in software security

    continus.io provides awareness training in order to promote a culture of software security throughout the organization because software developers and architects often start with little security knowledge.

    (Find below, our Web Application training course syllabus as a sample)

    1

    ​Week 1

    IT security is a serious business. A single breach can cause millions in damages and damage a company’s reputation for years to come.

     

    This is why, our first week starts with an overview of the Security by Design concept.

    2

    ​Week 2

    Our second week provides insight about how to secure the authentication, the session management and the access rights mechanisms. We will also study the methodology used by hackers to achieve their malicious goals.

    It is very important to learn Ethical Hacking in order to understand how to write secure code. That’s why, we’ll provide our trainees practical exercises which involve testing realistic applications to identify vulnerabilities, either by analyzing their source code or by directly attacking their compiled/interpreted version.

    3

    ​Week 3

    Our third week will allow us to introduce the most important application security best practice: the management of user inputs and outputs.

    Incorrect validation of user inputs and outputs systematically leads to security vulnerabilities that allow attackers to inject code that will be interpreted by the server or the browser of the users of your applications.

    4

    ​Week 4

    Our fourth week will allow us to introduce the best practices which will help you to avoid information leaks in error messages and to monitor user behavior in order to detect, upstream, attempts to attacks or, worse, identify a compromise.

    We’ll also teach our trainees the basics of Cryptography and we will study attacks that are aiming SOAP and REST Web Services.

    continus.io is not just a learning platform

     In addition to improving application security, it enable developers and engineers from different teams and business units to communicate freely and benefit from each other’s expertise. continus.io is designed to help identify future “Security Champions” based on their expertise and willingness to help others.

    Main feature #1
    Access to our Online Hacking Lab

    Our online Hacking Lab is available 24/7 and allows trainees to participate actively during the training.


    Everything (tools & challenges) is available without having to install any software beforehand (a simple browser is enough).

    No need to breach your security policy to install attack tools and/or vulnerable applications on your workstations.



    Main feature #2
    Deploy an internal Bug Bounty initiative

    continus.io helps you operating an internal Bug Bounty program to allow the identified internal "Security Champions" to report vulnerabilities and identify opportunities to remediate security defects by making the architecture of the applications more resilient and reducing the attack threat surface.


    Your employees are the best security referents for your company.


    Main feature #3
    Join our AppSec Community

    The ability to interact with others makes learning much more fun.
    Your employees can exchange with each others or with the trainers, make friends and share their joy of learning.


    With our community, your employees share information, help each others solve AppSec problems, discuss about our challenges with others and search in our knowledge base for answers to previously discussed issues.

    Innovative Methodology & Strong Interactivity with our AppSec expert trainers

    Our classroom 2.0 takes the best of the MOOC while preserving what makes the effectiveness of face-to-face training: live courses, live coaching calls, collective emulation, progress monitoring...  

    With our hybrid approach that combines the best of both traditional classroom and online courses, even the most shy participants are no longer left out.

    Traditional Classroom vs MOOC vs Classroom 2.0

    BENEFITS

    Traditional Classroom

    MOOC

    Classroom 2.0

    Possibility to follow courses from trainee’s workstation

    Presence of a trainer throughout the training period

    Low dropout rate (< 5%) and high participation rate (> 90%)

    24/7 access to study materials, recordings and tools

    Possibility to perform the practical exercises from a simple Web browser (no third-party software installation constraints)

    Access to relevant Learning Analytics to track trainees progress

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the training?

    What are the prerequisites for taking this training?

    What is Live Class?

    What happens if I can not attend one of your Live Classes?

    Why did we build continus.io

    After more than a decade of providing traditional AppSec trainings to enforce our clients knowledge regarding application security, we have decided to build continus.io to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of application security and compliance and to fill the gap between development teams and Security team.


    To strengthen this relationship, we designed continus.io as a centralized platform where developers from different teams and business units can communicate, share information and disseminate insights about new standards, tools, and resources to all developers for the continuous improvement of SDLC maturity and application security.


    In addition to improving application security, continus.io helps identifying future “Security Champions” based on their expertise and willingness to help others.


    The Co-Founders.

    Azziz ERRIME

    Tarik EL AOUADI

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