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What is Software Architecture and Design?

Synopsys security risk assessments help you identify missing or weak security controls, understand secure design best practices, and mitigate security flaws that will increase your risk of a breach.


of security incidents are caused by design flaws

Build security into application design

With increasing pressure to build and release software faster than ever, security controls that should be addressed early in the software development life cycle (SDLC) are often not addressed until it’s far too late. 

Failing to build security controls into applications in the design phase causes:

  • Inadequate protection against malicious attackers
  • Weaker defenses against outside and inside threats
  • Increased possibility of damaging threat events like data breaches

How do risk assessments minimize security incidents?

Risk assessments allow you to:

identify assets

Identify assets

Document the relationship of all external and internal assets such as networks, servers, applications, architecture, data centers, tools, and more.

create risk profiles

Create risk profiles

Risk profiles help you discover how risk-adverse or tolerant each asset is.

Understand security controls

Discover the current state of security controls (access control, firewall, intrusion detection, antivirus, etc.) and what data is stored, transmitted, and generated by each asset.

prioritize remediation

Prioritize remediation

Use risk rankings to assess the business impacts and prioritize remediation planning.

Evaluate risk from different vantage points

Threats and weaknesses come in different forms, from both external and internal sources and through a variety of systems, people, and processes. To get the most accurate view of the risk facing your applications, it’s important to look from different angles. 

Uncover design flaws

Uncover design flaws early in the SDLC

By creating threat models for external assets and components like your APIs, cloud infrastructure, and hosted data centers, you can begin to anticipate new forms of attacks and prioritize application risks by factors such as threats by likelihood.

An architectural risk assessment dives deeper by mapping and analyzing the correlation between threats, internal assets, and design structure to expose system flaws scattered throughout your application’s architecture.,

Examining your application’s design through threat modeling and architectural risk assessments helps you uncover design flaws early in the SDLC that traditional testing methods often miss.

Prioritize fixes by ranking flaws

Prioritize fixes by ranking risks

It’s unrealistic to think that all security flaws can be fixed immediately. That’s why it’s important to rank your risks to understand the corresponding business impacts.

Once armed with risk insights, you can build a prioritized remediation plan that minimizes risks even when budget and resources are limited.

protect data while meeting compliance demands

Protect data while meeting compliance demands

Any organization creating, storing, and transmitting confidential or personal information needs to be sure it’s also protecting its most critical data.

Whether you’re trying to meet a compliance requirement such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, or FISMA, or you’re simply interested in implementing data security best practices, risk assessments will help you implement the highest standards of security controls to protect your data.

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