BSides Toronto 2020

Navigating DevOps security journey at scale with OWASP SAMM 2.0
2020-10-17, 15:30–16:10, Twitch

In today’s agile environment, it’s important to know maturity of your software assurance program. In this talk, we will introduce OWASP SAMMv2 - an effective and measurable way to analyze and improve software assurance posture in 3 levels of maturity - thus creating a step-by-step navigation plan.


OWASP SAMM (https://owaspsamm.org) is the prime maturity model for software assurance that provides an effective and measurable way for all types of organizations to analyze and improve their software security posture. Building security into the software development and management practices of a company can be a daunting task. There are many elements to the equation: company risk profile, organizational structure, different stakeholders, technology stacks, tools and processes, and so forth. Implementing software assurance will have a significant impact on the organization. Yet, trying to achieve this without a good framework is most likely leading to just marginal and unsustainable improvements. OWASP Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) gives you an effective and measurable way for all types of organizations to analyze and improve their software security posture in 3 levels of maturity - thus creating a step-by-step software assurance navigation plan. It enables you to formulate and implement a strategy for software security that is tailored to the risk profile of your organization. In this talk, we give an overview of the new release of the SAMM model. After 10 years since its first conception, it was important to align it with today’s development practices. We will cover a number of topics in the talk: (i) the core structure of the model, which was redesigned and extended to align with modern development practices, (ii) the measurement model which was setup to cover both coverage and quality and (iii) the new security practice streams where the SAMM activities are grouped in maturity levels. We will demonstrate the new SAMM2 toolbox to measure the maturity of an example DevOps team and how you can create a roadmap of activities.

Hardik Parekh is recognized thought leader and executive in security/privacy domain with hands-on contributions to SANS CWE Top 25, OWASP SAMM, BSIMM 1.0 to BSIMM 9; and SAFECode. Hardik is part of the core team which developed OWASP SAMM 2.0.

Hardik has 16+ years of hands-on security experience with a track record of developing and maturing security programs in consumer and enterprise companies RSA/EMC, Intuit, Amazon, and Splunk. Hardik has built security programs in dynamic, fast-paced environments while partnering effectively across the company. Hardik has transformed DevOps organization to DevSecOps by integrating security engineering tools in CICD pipeline and delivered security at scale and speed in the Cloud.

Hardik also serves on several advisory boards including non-profit Security and IT Certification leader CompTIA.