Architecture & Design Review

The Security-focused SDLC: Secure Design from the Start.

Most (and the hardest to fix) vulnerabilities are those introduced during design, which has a multiplier effect throughout coding and deployment.  If the design is flawed, even defensive coding won’t protect your application from an attack. So why not start with a security-first mindset:

  • Developers are elated when they don’t have to re-code
  • Release schedules are more predictable when security issues aren’t impacting them
  • Management feels more confident with less risky applications

Identify Red Flags. Get Sound Advice.

Conducting an application design review for security will uncover issues in both your application security requirements and the design platform. But we don’t stop at that. We take it right through exacting recommendations, communicated clearly and pragmatic enough that you can implement the guidance quickly.

We can conduct a security design review on any application type:  web, cloud, mobile, IoT, embedded, desktop, client-server, desktop, etc.


Security Innovation co-created the widely-adopted  STRIDE and DREAD threat management methodologies. We leverage this expertise to cast a critical eye over the security of an application’s design and deployment.

Three-Step Application Security Design Review Methodology

1.  Identify High-Risk Areas

Our experts identify the application’s attack surface and various entry points to determine the associated threats with each one.

2.  Identify flaws and damage potential

This phase identifies flaws and weaknesses in design components such as communication protocols, database choices, application servers, and configurations.   We then devise recommendations on how to architect, build, or deploy the application more securely and document trade-offs for each recommendation. The good news is that each change may address multiple threats.

 3. Deliver concise security recommendations

Once we know where your architectural weaknesses are, we gather additional information to help you understand how to address each threat. Since all threats do not need to be mitigated, where possible we take into consideration your environment and objectives to provide the most actionable and substantive change.

We'll strengthen your application's foundation