Implementing SDLs in Corporate Environments

March 20, 2012 (at 9 a.m.)

The security development lifecycle (short SDL) has already proven its effectiveness in the development process, Microsoft products are a good example and the ERNW experience gained in customer environments is another one. Nevertheless a lot of companies still don’t use this approach to make their software more secure, because of the estimated implementation effort. This workshop will introduce the basic concept of a SDL and will also cover approaches to adopt the concept even on an individual project level to minimize this effort and benefit from the improvements for application security.


Michael Thumann

Michael Thumann is Chief Security Officer and head of the ERNW application security team. He has published security advisories regarding topics like ‘Cracking IKE Preshared Keys’ and Buffer Overflows in Web Servers/VPN Software/VoIP Software. Michael enjoys sharing his self-written security tools (e.g. ‘tomas – a Cisco Password Cracker’, ‘ikeprobe – IKE PSK Vulnerability Scanner’ or ‘dnsdigger – a dns information gathering tool’) and his experience with the community. Besides numerous articles and papers he wrote the first (and only) German Pen-Test Book that has become a recommended reading at german universities.

In addition to his daily pentesting tasks he is a regular conference-speaker (e.g. Blackhat, HITB and RSA Conference) and has also contributed exploit code to the Metasploit Framework. With more than 10 years of experience in computer security Michaels’ main interest is to uncover vulnerabilities and security design flaws from the network to the application level and reverse almost everything to understand the inner working.