New CSSLP Certification Aims to Improve Security of Computer Applications
(ISC)2, or the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. specializes in the education and information security involving the life cycle of software systems from the requirements stage through the development of an application or system, continuing forth with deployment and utilization. Software security, developing flawless applications without cracks or weaknesses, learning how others may attack the system, and preventing the intrusions is part of the security education. The new Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional certification (CSSLP) establishes a professional's core competency and best practices in understanding development requirements, and the proper methods of design, software coding, QA testing, application deployment, applying patches for upgrades, the continual maintenance and eventual disposal of the system. Other issues encompassing information security involves risk management, the assessment of system vulnerability, auditing and the legal issues that may arise.
The CSSLP is a certification that should be attained by anyone who participates in the software lifecycle and possesses at least four years development experience, including developers, managers, auditors, project managers, quality assurance, business analysts, owners of the application system and others related to the software solution. The certification itself is neutral, as any development language is affected by security issues that can and will compromise the system stability and safety. Also, as a critical element of any IT data center or development infrastructure, security is a global concern. Therefore, the certification must be universal in its approach to the computing environment and the issues at hand.
The (ISC)2 contains certain steps in order to become (ISC)2 certified. Depending on the certification, the number of experience years for the certification in question should be attained. Next, use the available study materials to prepare for the exam. Before taking the exam, the application of your experience and education must be submitted. Once passing the exam, the professional must commit to the code of ethics set forth by (ISC)2, and follow the endorsement process.
The CSSLP focuses on building security into a project from the very first phase until the last actionable phase. The requirements gathering, business analysis and architectural design, unit testing during the coding and implementation segment, QA assessments, final acceptance, and distribution, maintenance and clearance sectors of the process should all remain mindful of integrating security into a system. This is the mandate of the CSSLP certification.
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