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Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CSSLP

1st Edition

By Mano Paul

CRC Press

572 pages | 131 B/W Illus.

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As the global leader in information security education and certification, (ISC)has a proven track record of educating and certifying information security professionals. Its newest certification, the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®) is a testament to the organization’s ongoing commitment to information and software security.

The Official (ISC) Guide to the CSSLP® provides an all-inclusive analysis of the CSSLP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK®). As the first comprehensive guide to the CSSLP CBK, it facilitates the required understanding of the seven CSSLP domains—Secure Software Concepts, Secure Software Requirements, Secure Software Design, Secure Software Implementation/Coding, Secure Software Testing, Software Acceptance, and Software Deployment, Operations, Maintenance and Disposal—to assist candidates for certification and beyond.

  • Serves as the only official guide to the CSSLP professional certification
  • Details the software security activities that need to be incorporated throughout the software development lifecycle
  • Provides comprehensive coverage that includes the people, processes, and technology components of software, networks, and host defenses
  • Supplies a pragmatic approach to implementing software assurances in the real-world

The text allows readers to learn about software security from a renowned security practitioner who is the appointed software assurance advisor for (ISC)2. Complete with numerous illustrations, it makes complex security concepts easy to understand and implement. In addition to being a valuable resource for those studying for the CSSLP examination, this book is also an indispensable software security reference for those already part of the certified elite. A robust and comprehensive appendix makes this book a time-saving resource for anyone involved in secure software development.

Table of Contents

Secure Software Concepts



Holistic Security

Implementation Challenges

Quality and Security

Design Security Concepts

Security Concepts in the SDLC

Security Policies: The What and Why of Security

Security Methodologies

Security Frameworks

Regulations, Privacy, and Compliance



Review Questions


Secure Software Requirements



Sources for Security Requirements


Review Questions


Secure Software Design



The Need for Secure Design

Secure Design and Architecture Review


Review Questions


Secure Software Implementation / Coding



Who is to be blamed for Insecure Software?

Fundamental Concepts of Programming

Software Development Methodologies

Common Software Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures

Defensive Coding Practices

Secure Software Processes


Review Questions

Commonly Used Opcodes in Assembly

HTTP/1.1 Status Codes and Reason Phrases (IETF RFC 2616)


Secure Software Testing


Objectives Quality Assurance

Software Security Testing

Defect Reporting and Tracking

Tools for Security Testing


Review Questions

Chapter Appendix: Security Testing Tools

Reconnaissance Tools

Vulnerability Scanners

Fingerprinting Tools

Sniffers/Protocol Analyzers

Password Crackers

Web Security Tools: Scanners, Proxies, and Vulnerability Management

Wireless Security Tools

Reverse Engineering Tools

Source Code Analyzers

Vulnerability Exploitation Tools

Security-Oriented Operating Systems

Privacy Testing Tools


Software Acceptance



Guidelines for Software Acceptance

Legal Protection Mechanism

Verification and Validation


Review Questions

Software Deployment, Operations, Maintenance, and Disposal



Installation and Deployment

Operations and Maintenance



Review Questions



About the Author

Manoranjan (Mano) Paul is the Software Assurance Advisor for the (ISC)2, the global leader in information security education and certification, representing and advising the organization on software assurance strategy, training, education and certification. His information security and software assurance experience includes designing and developing security programs from compliance-to-coding, security in the SDLC, writing secure code, risk management, security strategy, and security awareness training and education.

Mr. Paul started his career as a shark researcher in the Bimini Biological Field Station, Bahamas. His educational pursuit took him to the University of Oklahoma where he received his Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) with various accolades and the coveted 4.0 GPA. Following his entrepreneurial acumen, he founded and serves as the CEO & President of Express Certifications, a professional certification assessment and training company that developed studISCope, (ISC)2's official self assessment offering for prospective certification candidates. Express Certifications is also the self assessment testing company behind the US Department of Defense certification education program as mandated by the 8570.1 directive. He also founded SecuRisk Solutions, a company that specializes in security product development and consulting.

Before Express Certifications and SecuRisk Solutions, Mr. Paul played several roles from software developer, quality assurance engineer, logistics manager, technical architect, IT strategist, and security engineer/program manager/strategist at Dell Inc. Mr. Paul is an appointed faculty member and Vice President of the Capitol of Texas Information System Security Association (ISSA) chapter. He is a contributing author for the Information Security Management Handbook, writes periodically for the Certification magazine and has contributed to security topics for the Microsoft Solutions Developer Network (MSDN). He has been featured in various domestic and international security conferences and is an invited speaker and panelist, delivering talks and keynotes in conferences such as the CSI (Computer Security Institute), Burton Group Catalyst, SC World Congress, TRISC (Texas Regional Infrastructure Security Conference) and OWASP. Mr. Paul holds the following professional certifications - CSSLP, CISSP, AMBCI, MCSD, MCAD, CompTIA Network+ and the ECSA certification.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Security / General