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What is a Secure Software Assessor?

The Secure Software Assessor analyzes the security of new or existing computer applications, software, or specialized utility programs and provides actionable results.

Professional Certification

Secure Software Assessor must know:

  • computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk).
  • laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles.
  • cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses.
  • complex data structures.
  • computer programming principles
  • organization’s enterprise information security architecture.
  • organization’s evaluation and validation requirements.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles and methods that apply to software development.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).
  • local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management.
  • low-level computer languages (e.g., assembly languages).
  • operating systems.
  • Privacy Impact Assessments.
  • programming language structures and logic.
  • system and application security threats and vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, return-oriented attacks, malicious code).
  • secure configuration management techniques. (e.g., Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), cybersecurity best practices on cisecurity.org).
  • software debugging principles.
  • software design tools, methods, and techniques.
  • software development models (e.g., Waterfall Model, Spiral Model).
  • software engineering.
  • structured analysis principles and methods.
  • system design tools, methods, and techniques, including automated systems analysis and design tools.
  • web services (e.g., service-oriented architecture, Simple Object Access Protocol, and web service description language).
  • interpreted and compiled computer languages.
  • secure coding techniques.
  • software related information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., modularization, layering, abstraction, data hiding, simplicity/minimization).
  • software quality assurance process.
  • supply chain risk management standards, processes, and practices.
  • critical infrastructure systems with information communication technology that were designed without system security considerations.
  • secure software deployment methodologies, tools, and practices.
  • network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in-depth).
  • security architecture concepts and enterprise architecture reference models (e.g., Zachman, Federal Enterprise Architecture [FEA]).
  • the application firewall concepts and functions (e.g., Single point of authentication/audit/policy enforcement, message scanning for malicious content, data anonymization for PCI and PII compliance, data loss protection scanning, accelerated cryptographic operations, SSL security, REST/JSON processing).
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data security standards.
  • Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards.
  • Personal Health Information (PHI) data security standards.
  • information technology (IT) risk management policies, requirements, and procedures.
  • embedded systems.
  • penetration testing principles, tools, and techniques.
  • root cause analysis techniques.
  • Application Security Risks (e.g. Open Web Application Security Project Top 10 list)

key skills of the Secure Software Assessor include:

  • conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems.
  • designing countermeasures to identified security risks.
  • developing and applying security system access controls.
  • discerning the protection needs (i.e., security controls) of information systems and networks.
  • integrating black box security testing tools into quality assurance process of software releases.
  • secure test plan design (e. g. unit, integration, system, acceptance).
  • using Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) encryption and digital signature capabilities into applications (e.g., S/MIME email, SSL traffic).
  • using code analysis tools.
  • performing root cause analysis.
  • apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).

Secure Software Assessor must be able to:

  • use and understand complex mathematical concepts (e.g., discrete math).
  • apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).
  • identify critical infrastructure systems with information communication technology that were designed without system security considerations.

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