CSW S1, E34 - What Is Application Software Security?

Fred Cobb – CISO and VP of Services, InfoSystems

Garrett Boyd – vCIO and Security Engineer, InfoSystems

This episode of the Cybersecurity Weekly Podcast is Part 18 of our series on the Center for Internet Security Top 20 Controls. Here's a quick list of where we're at:

Basic CIS Controls 1-6
Foundational CIS Controls 7-16
Organizational CIS Controls
17. Implement a Security Awareness and Training Program
18. Application Software Security

In this episode, Fred and Garrett discuss the second Organizational CIS Control, Application Software Security. This control is used to manage the security life cycle of your software. This control is used to prevent, detect, and correct security weaknesses. Application Software Security is most impactful when a company has taken action against the first 16 CIS Controls (following the CIS Top 20 Cybersecurity Controls).

Mistakes happen. So does the oversight of something simple. Especially when coding, working through logic, not completing requirements, or simply not testing for "unexpected" circumstances. These are vulnerabilities that cyber attackers attempt to take advantage of in your software. That's why it's important to establish secure practices and utilize analysis tools. One such practice recommended by the Center for Internet Security, is to confirm your application software is still supported by the vendor.

You can implement these CIS controls yourself, but it may cost you a substantial amount of time, money, and effort. There are Cybersecurity experts who specialize in getting these controls set up for hundreds of organizations.

Listen to the full episode to learn how your business can begin following the Center for Internet Security Top 20 Controls and make your company more secure.

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This episode discusses Control 18 of the CIS (Center for Internet Security) "Top 20 Controls." The Top 20 Controls are a set of prioritized best practices designed to help organizations protect themselves from cyber-attacks. It is a framework for every organization, whether you have a full department of IT support or don't have security programs or measures in place. You can learn more about the 20 CIS Controls here.

See the break-down of these CIS Controls' Sub-Controls here.

Discover how other organizations are using these controls here.

Download the CIS Controls for more details on implementing this and the other 19 Controls here.