Application Security and Development (STIG)

Training Summary
Recognize Actual and Potential Software Vulnerabilities, Implement and Test Defenses & More From ransomware and constant data breaches to state-sponsored attacks, we are under constant and increasing pressure. Retailers, financial institutions, government agencies, high-tech companies, and many others are paying the price for poor application security - financial losses and eroding trust. The developer community must take ownership of these problems and change our perspective of defensive measures and how we design, development, and maintain software applications. PCI Compliant Developer Training: This secure coding training addresses common coding vulnerabilities in software development processes. This training is used by one of the principle participants in the PCI DSS. Having passed multiple PCI audits, this course has been shown to meet the PCI requirements. The specifications of those training requirements are detailed in 6.5.1 through 6.5.7 on pages 60 through 65, of the PCI DSS Requirements 3.2.1 document. This is not "checklist mentality" training as it integrates demonstrations, code flashes, and hands-on labs for vulnerabilities, defenses, and best practices in secure development lifecycle (SDL). Overview: DISA’s Application Security and Development STIG, in conjunction with the associated checklist, provides a comprehensive listing of requirements and needs for improving and maintaining the security of software applications and systems within the Department of Defense. This course fills in the context, background, and best practices for fulfilling those requirements and needs. As with all of our courses, we maintain tight synchronization between the latest DISA releases and our materials. A key component to our coverage of DISA’s Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGS), this course is a companion course with several developer-oriented courses and seminars Application Security and Development is a lab-intensive, hands-on application security training course essential for developers, designers, architects, QA, Testing, and other personnel who need to deliver secure applications within the DOD. In addition to teaching basic programming skills, this course digs deep into sound processes and practices that apply to the entire software development lifecycle. In this course, students thoroughly examine best practices for defensively coding web applications, including XML processing, rich interfaces, and both RESTful and SOAP-based web services. Students will repeatedly attack and then defend various assets associated with fully-functional web applications and web services. This hands-on approach drives home the mechanics of how to secure web applications in the most practical of terms. Students who attend this course will leave armed with the skills required to recognize actual and potential software vulnerabilities, implement defenses for those vulnerabilities, and test those defenses for sufficiency. This course introduces developers to the most common security vulnerabilities faced by web applications today. Each vulnerability is examined from a Java/JEE perspective through a process of describing the threat and attack mechanisms, recognizing associated vulnerabilities, and, finally, designing, implementing, and testing effective defenses. Multiple practical labs reinforce these concepts with real vulnerabilities and attacks. Students are then challenged to design and implement the layered defenses they will need in defending their own applications.
Familiarity with Java and JEE is required, and real world programming experience is highly recommended. Ideally students should have approximately 6 months to a year of Java working knowledge.
5 Days/Lecture & Lab
This is an intermediate -level programming course, designed for experienced Java developers who wish to get up and running on developing well defended software applications using the STIG guidelines.
Course Topics
  • Securing Applications Foundation
  • Bug Stomping 101
  • Bug Stomping 102
  • Moving Forward
  • Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL)
  • Taking Action Now
  • Additional Tools for the Toolbox

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