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Security Innovation and University Of Central Florida Launch Secure Software Development (SSD) Certificate Program

2012-03-28

WILMINGTON, Mass. & ORLANDO, Fla. ---- Security Innovation and the University of Central Florida (UCF) today announced the Secure Software Development (SSD) Certificate Program as part of the university’s Continuing Education curriculum. This computer-based certification and training program offered by UCF is the first of its kind offered by a US higher education institution, and is targeted at professionals and students looking to improve their application security skills with a recognizable certification from an accredited university.

The SSD Certificate Program is comprised of 15 courses from Security Innovation’s computer-based training curriculum product TeamProfessor, the most comprehensive application security training program in the industry. This partnership provides students with a practical set of courses that will provide the foremost expertise in the application security discipline, complete with technical support for all users. UCF has constructed the program to feature three levels of certification: Foundation, Advanced and Expert.

Over half (51%) of developers and over half (51%) of security personnel in enterprise organizations have no training in application security.1 As software applications continue to become the target of hackers, the need for defensive skills increases, considering 90% of cyber security attacks target weaknesses in software, so this program represents an important step in driving behavioral change in higher education to prepare students for careers where there is a shortage of skills.

“Until now, the primary approach to application security has been reactive, either finding and fixing flaws or trying to defend web application attacks, while the more sophisticated and proactive security defenses have concentrated on network security,” said Ed Adams, CEO of Security Innovation. “Rather than accepting vulnerabilities in applications and dealing with them in deployment, which elevates an organization’s risk profile dramatically, Security Innovation’s strategy is to proactively address the root cause of these vulnerabilities through the adoption of defensive coding techniques and eliminate them at the source.”

“Application security is the top concern within our CIO community of practice, and we have seen a steady increase in interest from our students in further developing their expertise as it relates to application security as companies offer new opportunities to candidates with this knowledge,” said David Laney, Associate Vice President and Director Division of Continuing Education, University of Central Florida. “We share Security Innovation’s strategy to drive process and cultural change as it relates to cyber security, and believe that the breadth and depth of its coursework delivered through fully supported online distance learning, accessible at the convenience of the client, distinguishes it from any other application security certificate program.”

Security Innovation’s work with UCF is an important step in training students before they become software engineers; yet, it is equally as valuable to professionals who are already active in their professional careers. “The point is not to build more security professionals.” says Adams, “Instead, we want to help integrate security into the daily activities of software architects, developers, and QA professionals.”

"To be fully effective, application security must be integrated into each phase of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). It does however have a starting point and that is defensive coding” said Charles Kolodgy, Research Vice President, Security Products, IDC. “Today’s tools find problems after they’ve been designed and coded into the software, but only knowledge of secure coding practices can fix and ultimately prevent these vulnerabilities in the first place.”

Secure Software Development (SSD) Certificate Program details.

Foundation Level

Fundamentals of Application Security
Fundamentals of Secure Architecture
Fundamentals of Secure Development
Fundamentals of Secure DB Development
Choice of: PCI-DSS for Developers or Web Vulnerabilities: Threats & Mitigation

Advanced Level Certificate

Understanding Secure Code for C/C++ or J2EE or .NET 4.0
Architecture Risk Analysis
Introduction to Threat Modeling
Attack Surface Analysis & Reduction
Choice: How to test for the OWASP top Ten or Classes of Security Defects

Expert Level

Choice: Creating Secure Code for C/C++ or J2EE or .NET 4.0
Integer Overflows: Attacks and Counter Measures
Buffer Overflows: Attacks and Counter Measures
How to Perform a Security Code Review
Introduction to Cryptography

The University of Central Florida and Security Innovation will host an educational on May 22 at 1:00 PM EDT that will provide attendees with an overview of the key components within any software security model, along with use cases and implementation examples. Register Today.

About University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. It is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering 211 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media. The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s named UCF a best-value university, and Forbes named UCF one of the nation’s 50 most-affordable colleges.

About Security Innovation’s eLearning

Security Innovation’s eLearning platform serves as the foundation for security awareness and application vulnerability assessment, remediation and prevention. Today, it offers the industry’s largest application security training curriculum with more than 40 courses and over 80 hours of real-world content.

About Security Innovation

Security Innovation is an established leader in the application security and cryptography space. For over a decade the company has provided products, training and consulting services to help organizations build and deploy more secure systems and improve the process by which their applications are built. The company’s flagship products include TeamProfessor, the industry’s largest library of application eLearning courses, and TeamMentor, a web-based secure development methodologies product.

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