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Application Security Consulting

Secure Software Planning, Development and Operation

With 34 years in software development and 20 years in cybersecurity, ScienceSoft helps enterprises and software vendors ensure full security of their apps and establish secure development practices.

Application Security Consulting - ScienceSoft
Application Security Consulting - ScienceSoft

Application security consulting provides actionable guidance on secure software development, deployment, and operation. It may cover:

  • Planning the security controls for a future app.
  • Incorporating mature security practices in the development process.
  • Assessing and improving the security and compliance of already existing apps.

The Scope of Our Software Security Consulting Service

Guided by best software security practices and standards, such as OWASP Application Security Verification Standard, OWASP Security Testing Guide, NIST SP 800-218, PCI SSF, we help enterprises and software product companies ensure the security of their applications at any stage of their lifecycle.

For operating apps

  • Application vulnerability scanning and penetration testing.
  • Analyzing the detected security gaps and classifying them by their criticality.
  • Defining and prioritizing corrective measures to remediate the vulnerabilities.
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Compliance assessment

  • Assessing the application security controls against the relevant security standards and regulations (e.g., HIPAA, PCI DSS/SSF, GDPR).
  • Compliance gaps analysis.
  • Providing actionable guidance on how to achieve compliance.
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For apps being planned or developed

Creating an application risk profile

  • Defining potential security risks of an app.
  • Categorizing security risks by the severity level, considering their impact and likelihood.

Eliciting security requirements

  • Analyzing the app’s risk profile and defining applicable security standards (HIPAA, PCI DSS/SSF, GDPR, etc.)
  • Documenting the relevant security requirements for the app (e.g., authorization, integrity, non-repudiation, privacy requirements, etc.).

Threat modeling

  • Analyzing the functional components of an app and determining the threats that each of them may face.
  • Threat analysis and prioritization.
  • Planning the security controls and countermeasures for potential attacks.

Secure application design

  • Designing secure software architecture.
  • Planning the security features: user identification, verification and authorization, cryptography (3DES, AES, RSA, blowfish), audit/log, etc.

Establishing secure development environment

  • Reviewing the existing secure development policies and improving them to integrate DevSecOps principles.
  • Establishing secure development infrastructure: applying multi-factor authentication, network segmentation, zero-trust access to code repositories, etc.

Consulting on secure coding

  • Recommending secure development tools (libraries, frameworks, etc.).
  • Advising on secure coding practices: input validation, cryptography, session management, access control, etc.

Code review throughout SDLC

  • Integrating automated security testing tools to review open-source and custom code.
  • Conducting language-specific, checklist-based code reviews to detect vulnerabilities that can’t be identified by automated tools.
  • Establishing regular code dependency reviews.

Ensure All-Around Security of Your App with ScienceSoft

To complement our consulting services, ScienceSoft’s security experts are ready to:

  • Fully remediate the detected vulnerabilities in your application and/or development infrastructure.
  • Implement data security controls: e.g., data masking, encryption, tokenization, backup storage.
  • Implement Identity and Access Management (IAM).
  • Deploy and configure a SIEM solution for 24/7 monitoring of the development infrastructure.
  • Conduct retesting of the development infrastructure or applications to check if the necessary fixes were applied correctly and didn’t result in any new vulnerabilities.

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Applications Types We Help Secure

Web applications

  • Planning, assessing, and improving fundamental security controls.
  • Installing the latest security patches for platform-based apps.
  • Performing API security testing.

Mobile applications

Incorporating best security practices advised by mobile OS providers: for iOS and for Android.

Desktop applications

  • Helping deploy and configure desktop app security controls for different operating systems: Microsoft Defender Application Control (MDAC) for Windows or Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) for Linux.

Cloud applications

  • Enabling client-side data encryption to ensure the security of data as it's transferred to the cloud storage.
  • Configuring identity and access management.
  • Configuring real-time log management and analysis.

IoT applications

  • Setting up secure data transmission between IoT devices and data processing systems.

Deliverables of Our Application Security Consulting Service

Depending on your app’s specifics and the chosen service scope, we can provide:

Secure architecture design.

Detailed application requirements with a specific focus on security controls.

Application compliance specifications.

DevSecOps roadmap.

Security assessment report with a list of application vulnerabilities, prioritized by their criticality, and recommended corrective measures.

Application security and compliance risk report and a risk mitigation plan.

Why ScienceSoft

  • Since 1989 in IT and software development.
  • Since 2003 in information security, a solid portfolio of cybersecurity projects.
  • Long-term cooperation in cybersecurity with IBM, NASA, RBC Royal Bank, and more of our hallmark customers.
  • ISO 27001 certification to confirm our expertise in information security management.
  • A top HIPAA consulting provider in 2022, according to Atlantic.net.
  • Recognized as Top Penetration Testing Company by Clutch.
  • For the second straight year, ScienceSoft USA Corporation is listed among The Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies by the Financial Times.

Our Customers Say

ScienceSoft provided an excellent service in:

  • code assessment of our existing application;
  • consulting on best practices and standards in healthcare and life science software development;
  • research on medical devices (functionality, safety classes, registration, etc.);
  • preparation activities: architecture and verification planning, SDLC and risk management processes.

They bring deep knowledge of IT technologies in accordance with ISO13485 and IEC62304 standards.

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Throughout security testing activities, ScienceSoft’s cybersecurity team proved to be result-oriented and attentive to detail. The team responded quickly and produced useful reports which were easy to understand and implement if required.

When the testing activities were completed, ScienceSoft provided us with the recommendations for improving our application's security level. Thanks to ScienceSoft’s efforts, we were able to ensure a higher level of protection of our cloud application and the sensitive customer data stored in it.

ScienceSoft's team of security engineers provided the full package of penetration testing services for our web application. They performed penetration testing for multiple layers of our web application's security, providing useful reports and detailed recommendations on remediation.

Thanks to ScienceSoft's high-quality services, we were able to locate and neutralize vulnerabilities and ensure the security of our customers' personal data, as well as protect our services from potential attacks.

How Application Security Consulting by ScienceSoft Helps?

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Disjointed security management when several people or outsourced teams are responsible for different corporate apps.

ScienceSoft can take over the security management of all your apps, following an individual approach to each app with consideration of its specific tech stack, architecture, database, etc.

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Lack of security mindset in a development team: the goal is to deliver a functioning app, while security is an afterthought.

A secure development infrastructure and a DevSecOps roadmap to incorporate security into all SDLC stages.

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Lack of security awareness or relevant experience in a development team.

Training on best security practices + clearly documented security instructions and guidelines for the development team.

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High cost of maintaining full-time cybersecurity staff.

Fully remote outsourced consulting on application security planning, assessment, or remediation with an easily scalable team of experienced security professionals.

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Lack of control over employee-related application security risks.

Secure VPN installation, implementation of strong authentication mechanisms, security assessment of remote work, assistance in employee security training.

Application Security Consulting: Success Stories by ScienceSoft

Cloud Application Code Review and Pentesting for an Award-Winning IT Company

Cloud Application Code Review and Pentesting for an Award-Winning IT Company

ScienceSoft performed penetration testing and source code review of a cloud-based application for tax returns for a European developer of tax, accounting, and practice management software products.

Secure Telehealth Software Design and Development for Primary Care Practices

Secure Telehealth Software Design and Development for Primary Care Practices

As part of telehealth software development carried out by ScienceSoft, our compliance consultant helped create secure software design to ensure the app’s compliance with HIPAA and establish reliable and secure medical data exchange using standards like HL7, FHIR.

Web Application Security Assessment for a European Bank

Web Application Security Assessment for a European Bank

ScienceSoft performed 10 different penetration tests of web applications for a European bank and provided a list of measures to fortify application security and ensure customer data protection according to PCI DSS.

Secure Redesign of a Custom EHR Application for a US Chiropractic Care Provider

Secure Redesign of a Custom EHR Application for a US Chiropractic Care Provider

As part of comprehensive software redesign, ScienceSoft delivered detailed and accurate documentation of security, reliability, backup, and maintenance requirements to ensure the full security and regulatory compliance of the EHR application.

Pentesting of a Supply Chain Management Portal and Mobile Apps for a UK Company

Pentesting of a Supply Chain Management Portal and Mobile Apps for a UK Company

ScienceSoft conducted black box penetration testing for a UK fintech company to assess the security of the Customer’s supply chain management portal and complementing Android and iOS mobile apps.

Application Security Consulting Options We Offer

Secure application design

We analyze the specifics of your future software, including relevant compliance requirements, to help you plan the optimal application security controls.

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Secure app development consulting

We help promote DevSecOps approach to incorporate security practices into all stages of the development process.

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Application security assessment

We help you detect and fix vulnerabilities in software architecture, code, and integrated IT infrastructure to prevent potential data breaches and ensure full protection against cyber threats.

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Why Turn for Application Security Consulting

  • $4.35M

    the average cost of a data breach in 2022

  • 83%

    of organizations will experience more than one breach in their lifetime

We Know How To Keep You out of Trouble!

Reach out to ScienceSoft’s consultants to start working on your app’s security NOW. We know how to make sure your company stays in the lucky 17%.