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OWASP SAMM now connects to OpenCRE

By The SAMM Project Team on September 20, 2023

We are excited to announce that each OWASP-SAMM stream now uses OpenCRE.org to link to other standards and guidelines. OpenCRE stands for Open Common Requirement Enumeration, and it aims to provide a common language and framework for mapping and comparing different security standards, guidelines, and frameworks. By linking SAMM to OpenCRE, we’ve made it easier for our users to find relevant and useful resources with every stream, as well as to see how SAMM aligns with other security standards such as NIST SSDF, ISO27K, PCI-DSS, OWASP ASVS, and NIST 800-53.

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Determining scope when implementing SAMM

By The SAMM Project Team on May 24, 2023

When performing a SAMM assessment, should the scope be the whole organization or should it be smaller, like a business unit or even a single team or application? The short answer? Start small. Getting started Start by evaluating your goals. What do you want to achieve? Do you aim to identify and prioritize areas of improvement in your organization’s security posture? Do you seek to establish a baseline for measuring the effectiveness of your security program over time?

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How ISO and SAMM complement each other

By The SAMM Project Team on March 21, 2023

October 2022 brought us the third revision of the ISO/IEC 27001 standard. The revisions included simplifying the domains and controls, using more practical language, and introducing new controls. The addition of a separate control for “Secure Coding.” provides an opportunity to highlight how OWASP SAMM and ISO 27001 are complementary standards. In this blog post, we shine light on how they intersect and how, implemented together, you can maximize their effectiveness and value.

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The "Not Applicable" Question

By The SAMM Project Team on February 28, 2023

The Core Team’s Thoughts Since the initial publication of SAMM 2.0, several SAMM users have asked how to address Activities or Quality Criteria they believe are not applicable to their assessment’s scope. At the recent SAMM Core Team Summit in Boston, we discussed this question at some length, and this article summarizes that conversation. The topic really involves several questions, which we’ll address one at a time. Is it valid to declare an Activity Not Applicable?

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