Assessing the Security of Acquired Software: One size does not fit all!

Eric Baize

Eric Baize

Eric Baize is Senior Director of the Product Security Office at EMC Corporation. He leads the Product Security Office with company-wide responsibility for product security and supply chain assurance, covering vulnerability response handling, security development lifecycle implementation, supply chain risk management, coordination of security certifications and integration of RSA technology in EMC products and solutions. More ...

The following post was co-authored with Steve Lipner from Microsoft and originally posted on the SAFECode blog.

Customers frequently ask all software developers – including SAFECode members – how they can be confident in the security of the software they acquire. We are well aware that acquired software can introduce new vulnerabilities into IT environments and that risk managers need a method for assessing the security of the IT products they procure and the impact those products may have on the organization’s risk posture. Continue reading

Impact of the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability on EMC products

Reeny Sondhi

Reeny Sondhi

Reeny Sondhi is Director, Product Security Assurance at EMC Corporation. She is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of EMC’s software security program including EMC’s Security Development Lifecycle, a company-wide initiative to build secure products. She also leads EMC’s common security engineering technologies and the EMC Product Security Response Center, which is responsible for managing and resolving security vulnerabilities in EMC products. Additionally, she has responsibility to lead the security certification strategy and program for EMC products. More ...
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The Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) affects the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library used to secure internet communication. Following the release of this OpenSSL vulnerability, we immediately initiated a review of EMC Information Infrastructure and RSA products to assess any potential impact. Continue reading

EMC Product Security Sessions at the RSA Conference

Eric Baize

Eric Baize

Eric Baize is Senior Director of the Product Security Office at EMC Corporation. He leads the Product Security Office with company-wide responsibility for product security and supply chain assurance, covering vulnerability response handling, security development lifecycle implementation, supply chain risk management, coordination of security certifications and integration of RSA technology in EMC products and solutions. More ...

This week in San Francisco, tens of thousands of security professionals are gathering for the the RSA Conference. For the seventh year in a row, representatives from EMC’s Product Security Office have been selected by the conference program committee to speak in a session. If you are at the conference, come an meet one of us: Continue reading

Open Trusted Technology Provider Accreditation Program

Dan Reddy

Dan Reddy

With 17+ years at EMC, Dan Reddy leads supply chain assurance in EMC’s Product Security Office where he has addressing product integrity since 2007. Dan also spent 15 years at New England Electric, an electric utility with nationally critical infrastructure. More ...

How does one measure the best product-related practices that may be in place in the world of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Technology (COTS)? Often specific versions of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) product are certified by a third party “Lab” that can examine the state of that version in terms of meeting the security requirements for the identified scope. There are some process aspects of product evaluations that come into play such as one’s approach to handling a found vulnerability with a version of software. The advantage of the product version approach is that if one is acquiring a specific version then one knows that it has been specifically reviewed and evaluated. However there are process gaps in product evaluations that are these days focusing less on secure engineering practices and not yet on supply chain security. Continue reading

How Product Security Protects & Enables Our Customers to Move the Ball

Reeny Sondhi

Reeny Sondhi

Reeny Sondhi is Director, Product Security Assurance at EMC Corporation. She is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of EMC’s software security program including EMC’s Security Development Lifecycle, a company-wide initiative to build secure products. She also leads EMC’s common security engineering technologies and the EMC Product Security Response Center, which is responsible for managing and resolving security vulnerabilities in EMC products. Additionally, she has responsibility to lead the security certification strategy and program for EMC products. More ...

78460200As a sports fan, I have a tendency to compare sports with my daily job. In the case of American football (apologies to readers who don’t follow), I always compare the role of the offensive line in protecting and supporting their quarterback to make plays to the role product security plays in protecting and enabling our customers to do business. 

During the playoffs I am amazed at how success depends on strategy and specifically how offensive plays called by a coordinator create a successful line to protect the quarterback. A lack of a good offensive line creates risks for the quarterback just as lack of product security can create risks for our customers and make them vulnerable: Continue reading