Application Security

The more our world revolves around the internet and technology, the more essential becomes cybersecurity. Modern business systems in large organisations can comprise several thousand software applications hosted on servers residing in many different data centres across various countries.

Software applications are complex and can have various types of security issues. The issues can stem from poor or inadequate coding practices to misconfigured servers and everything in between. Addressing challenges like these requires introducing a culture of security to all the key personnel involved in strategy development, system design, transition, and operations in order to deliver a complete perspective on security. Our DevSecOps practice aims to address just that.

To this end, we provide the following application services:

Source Code Review

Code review is perhaps the most effective technique for identifying security flaws. When used together with automated tools and manual penetration testing, code review can significantly increase the cost-effectiveness of an application security verification effort.

Code review is the process of auditing the source code for an application to validate that appropriate security controls are in place. That the controls work as planned, and that they have invoked in all the right situations. Code review is imperative to assure that software developers are following secure development practices.

A penetration test should not discover any additional application vulnerabilities relating to a developed code after the application has undergone a proper security code review.

A skilled reviewer can understand the context for specific coding practices and make a severe risk estimate that accounts for both the likelihood of attack and the business impact of a breach.

Our consultants combine advanced tools and technology to assess large amounts of codes and point out possible issues. In a next step, they manually discern each item for the real problem, exploit it to realise its potential impact and probability of occurrence. They also analyse whether there are any significant blind spots and give appropriate advice.

Secure SDLC and Application Security (DevSecOps)

The DevSecOps program is based on the idea that everyone is responsible for security. Retrofitting current solutions is no longer sufficient as hackers have changed the rules and enjoy the advantage of being on the offensive. It is imperative that organisations adopt equally offensive and proactive countermeasures akin to those chosen by the hackers.

ITSEC helps organisations assess the maturity of their processes and suggest improvements. It assists in adopting best practices with respect to security and helps integrating them with existing development and operations practices. We make sure that this is done without compromising on cost, timeline, and quality, and with a particular focus on building security testing in the development and automation processes. Where required, DevSecOps helps layer in overarching policies and procedures that assist with the integration between traditional information security and development teams.

To this end, we encourage a culture that emphasises partnership and communication between software developers, security professionals, and other IT professionals while streamlining the procedure of software and infrastructure delivery.

We also help our clients to assess and put in place processes to deal with the phase change from waterfall to continuous iteration and customised security user stories relative to each application or software service to develop.

Our profound insights into the most current and active technology benefit our clients to effectively implement the correct tools without the need to learn, understand and assess the broad technology landscape in this area. We focus on tools for process enablement, for training, testing, and orchestration.

Application Performance Testing

Performance testing is a testing practice performed to determine how a system comprising computers, servers, network, software programs or devices performs regarding responsiveness and stability under a particular workload.

It may also include investigation, measurement, validation or verification of other quality attributes of the system, such as scalability, reliability and resource usage. The entire process can involve multiple quantitative tests in a lab to measure the response time or some instructions processes per unit of time.

Performance testing strives to build performance standards into the implementation, design, and architecture of a system.

We provide bespoke performance testing services covering Load testing, Stress testing, Soak testing, Spike testing, Breakpoint testing, Configuration testing, Isolation testing, and Internet testing.

Our performance testing efforts are goal oriented and seek to measure the performance criteria or compare two systems to determine which performs better. It can help to identify which parts of the system causes it to perform poorly.

ITSEC can assist organisations in comprehensive test management of web and mobile applications.

Application Troubleshooting

We provide platform-agnostic troubleshooting services to organisations across industry verticals for web and mobile applications.

The level of support we provide to organisations generally pertains to issues that remained unresolved by their technology operations or support teams.

The troubleshooting can include analysing the applications, databases, configurations, server logs, processes, services, the audit trail, the code, etc.

Our method of problem-solving focuses on an advanced and systematic analysis of the sequence of events in order to understand the relationship between causal factors and the defined problems. This allows us to recommend appropriate and effective remedial actions.

ITSEC’s experts are adept at employing industry best practices to overcome barriers to problem-solving. They aim to methodically identify and address the causes of events and not just tinker with symptoms.