RMF Application Security


Do you develop software or applications? If so, application security assessments and support services that produce applications and software free of vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and improper access issues are essential to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your application data.

Cybercriminals are focused on stealing your organization’s sensitive information; you must deploy security solutions specific to your application requirements to secure your data and meet compliance standards.

SecureStrux helps organizations and government agencies discover, assess, and report vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and improper access controls within their mission-critical systems, including websites, applications, and back-end databases.

SecureStrux has brought dozens of applications to ATO status from various industries and government entities, including DISA and DCSA. We have worked with clients to ensure that their Interim Authority to Test (IATT) status is maintained and extended when required and that ATO status (once achieved) is sustained through System Level Continuous Monitoring (SLCM).

SecureStrux uses industry-recognized tools to evaluate web applications to ensure that the portals and forward-facing websites are secure and backend databases and applications are protected.

Risk Management Framework

Application Security Assessment Highlights

»  Manual and Automated Code Reviews

»  Secure Coding

»  Approved Encryption

»  Writing Policies and Procedures

»  Database Security

»  Website Security

We help clients successfully navigate and fulfill the DoD Application STIGs and SRGs, regulations, and mandates with the following services:

»  Risk Management Framework (RMF) Program Support

»  Security Assessment and Authorization Services

»  RMF Information Security Continuous Monitoring

»  Security Assessments, Evaluation, and Testing

»  Application Security Assessment and Engineering Services

»  System Hardening

We implement security at the beginning of the development process, so our DoD and commercial clients can get their Authority to Operate (ATO) as quickly as possible. We work with your team in a collaborative environment from inception to completion to ensure that your systems and applications remain secure and compliant. This includes ongoing application reviews, STIG (Application Security and Development Security STIGs), and CCI compliance. After your initial ATO is received, we can continuously work with you to maintain and enhance your cyber stance. This allows your ATO to be reaccredited with no interruption to service or contracts.

RMF Assessment

Our Application Security Assessments Include:

Manual and Automated Code Reviews. Code reviews are critical to application security. Automated and manual code review results are analyzed for common vulnerabilities, such as SQL or XML Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, Cross-Site Request Forgery, Buffer Overflows, Session Hijacking, and Clear Text Passwords.

Secure Coding. The overall application development process must have security built-in from beginning to end, following a strict Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) where security is integrated into the application from inception and not just incorporated at the end of the project.

Policies and Procedures. Without policies and procedures, there is a possibility of a single point of failure in application security, including failure of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Policies and procedures include Backup and Recovery Procedures, Incident Response Plan (IRP), Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), Audit Log Retention and Review Procedures, Application Configuration Guide, etc.

Approved Encryption. The application must encrypt sensitive data at rest or in transit. The encryption should follow the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 / 140-3 for Cryptographic Modules. The hashing algorithms should follow the FIPS 180-4 for Secure Hash Standard, as published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Database Security. Databases are a huge target for cybercriminals, and many organizations fall short in protecting these critical repositories of client information (PII & PHI) and intellectual property. 

Web Security. Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has identified the ten most critical web application security risks. These vulnerabilities include but are not limited to, Injection, Broken Authentication and Session Management, Cross-Site Scripting, Insecure Direct Object References, Security Misconfiguration, and Sensitive Data Exposure. With the Web security threat environment continually evolving, Websites and Web applications must be secure.

SOAP Web Services. If an application uses Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) web service, this protocol may also provide confidentiality (WS-Security), integrity (WS-Security), and authentication of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) during communication. A review of web services will provide validation that WS-Security and SAML are correctly configured to provide the confidentiality, integrity, and authentication the application may require. The single most important requirement that SAML addresses is web browser single sign-on (SSO).

Get ATO-Ready Results

Partner with our team to prepare for—and receive—your ATO.

Project-Based App Vulnerability Assessments

Allow us to support your organization with an Application Security Assessment.

Long-Term Support via our Embedded Defense Support Package or Staff Augmentation

SecureStrux can support your long-term application security with ongoing remote or on-site support packages.