Source Code Review
Getting to the ‘Heart’ of Operations
In a world where technology disruption is the norm to succeed, how can the security of an application or a process be guaranteed? How can companies have a competitive differentiation based on security parameters when adopting such an approach?
The source code is the engine that works silently behind the exterior interface. Paramount’s security depth and operational excellence ensure that your every vulnerability is identified and fixed, assuring you of the highest levels of business continuity at all times.
What is a source code review?
Reducing software vulnerabilities by undertaking a thorough review of the source code is another good method to reduce cyber-attacks. Many organizations fail to ask these basic questions when they build/ buy a software from the perspective of security. These include.
- Am I sure this code is built as per secure practices?
- What is the credible process that goes behind such a development from the perspective of security?
- Are there good source-code control techniques implemented?
In most cases, the answer is often not satisfactory.
At Paramount, we focus on this aspect of security. Also called the Security Code Review or Secure Code Review Audit, we verify that the source code of an application has the necessary controls and robustness. Code review ensures that the application has been developed to be ‘self-defending’ in its given environment.
Secure Code Review is a process that ensures that insecure pieces of code are identified early on in the development stage, which may otherwise cause a potential vulnerability. Thus by playing a key role arresting security issues in the software lifecycle, any impact can be minimized.
Approach and Offerings
Paramount has a rigorous and highly structured approach that looks into all aspects of the source code security in a way to complement the nature and function of the system as well.
There is only one way: A combination of manual & automated testing and there can be no short cuts in this!
The manual method helps in understanding the ‘Context’ which tools do not! This helps understanding the ‘Business logic’ that is of importance. Automated tools run static scans that seldom capture the context and business logic of the software. It is only with these deep insights into contextual business logic, that vulnerabilities can be identified, avoided, limited and/or transferred.
The manual method when combined with automated scans yield greater results as tools are good at assessing large amounts of code and pointing out possible issues. However, a person needs to verify every single result to determine if it is a real issue, if it is actually exploitable, and calculate the risk to the enterprise. This effectively calls for a penetration testing that can identify potential vulnerabilities like: Memory Corruption, Buffer Overflow, SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting.
Be it risky resources, porous defenses or even insecure interaction between components, there is way and means to fix them. Our practices and modelling outcomes help you deliver best-in-class and powerfully transformative solutions that are secure, dynamic and capable in any operational environment.
Outcome and Delivery
Paramount’s involvement in the software development life cycle gives a ‘digital assurance’ to the process. With hands-on approach and a deep understanding of situational perspectives, any grey areas that can be potentially missed by the tools are also effectively covered. With Paramount by your side, you are assured of the highest levels of reliability in operations and security in a constantly evolving technology environment, which often borders on disruption!