Fundamentals of System and Application Security with the DISA STIGS (FUNDSTIG)

Course Description Schedule Course Outline

Who should attend

The DISA STIGs for System and Application Security 1-day seminar-style course is intended for government and contractor organizations that are required to follow the tight security controls defined in the DISA STIGs. STIGS are an integral part of the required configuration standards for DoD Information Assurance measures. These measures are focused on preventing cyber espionage and crime as well as denial-of-service attacks. DISA’s STIGS, in conjunction with the associated checklists and scripts, provide a comprehensive listing of requirements and needs for improving and maintaining the security of software applications and systems within the Department of Defense. This course fills in the context, background, and best practices for fulfilling those requirements and needs. As with all of our courses, we maintain tight synchronization between the latest DISA releases and our materials.

The DISA STIGs for System and Application Security is an essential course for technical leads, project managers, testing/QA personnel and other stakeholders who need to understand the issues and concepts associated with secure applications. During this one-day dynamic seminar, students learn the best practices for designing, implementing, and deploying secure applications as prescribed in the various STIGS.

Class Prerequisites

This is course designed for application project stakeholders who wish to get up and running on developing well defended applications. Familiarity with a programming language and real world programming experience is highly recommended.

What You Will Learn

Students who attend Information Assurance Overview will leave the course armed with the required skills to understand software vulnerabilities (actual and potential) and defenses for those vulnerabilities. This course quickly introduces students to the various types of threats against their software, and provides coverage of many core security-related technologies. The concept and process of Threat Modeling is introduced as a key enabler for implementing effective and appropriate security for software and information assets.

Working in an interactive learning environment, attendees will learn to:

  • Understand the requirements and best practices for program management as specified in the STIGS
  • Understand the concepts and terminology behind defensive coding
  • Understand Threat Modeling as a tool in identifying software vulnerabilities based on realistic threats against meaningful assets
  • Learn the entire spectrum of threats and attacks that take place against software applications in today’s world
  • Discuss the role that static code reviews and dynamic application testing to uncover vulnerabilities in applications
  • Understand the vulnerabilities of programming language as well as how to harden installations
  • Understand the basics of Cryptography and Encryption and where they fit in the overall security picture
  • Understand the fundamentals of XML Digital Signature and XML Encryption as well as how they are used within the web services arena
  • Understand the processes and measures associated with the Secure Software Development (SSD)
  • Understand the basics of security testing and planning

The course provides a solid foundation in basic terminology and concepts, extended and built upon throughout the engagement. Students will examine various recognized attacks against web applications. Processes and best practices are discussed and illustrated through both discussions and group activities. Attending students will be led through a series of advanced topics comprised of integrated lectures, group discussions and comprehensive demonstrations.


What’s included?

Students who attend the DISA STIGs for System and Application Security course receive expert training on how to implement secure applications and systems utilizing the DISA STIGs. Students learn Application and Security Fundamentals as well, providing a look at present day threats and countermeasures.

Outline: Fundamentals of System and Application Security with the DISA STIGS (FUNDSTIG)

Session: Defensive Coding Overview


  • Thriving Industry of Identify Theft
  • Dishonor Roll of Data Breaches
  • TJX: Anatomy of a Disaster
  • Heartland: What? Again?

Security Concepts

  • Terminology and Players
  • Assets, Threats, and Attacks
  • CWE/SANS Top 25 Programming Errors

DISA’s Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGS)

  • Purpose
  • Process
  • Areas Covered
  • Checklists
  • Scripts (SRRs)
  • Resources

Defensive Coding Principles

  • Security Is A Lifecycle Issue
  • Minimize Attack Surface
  • Manage Resources
  • Application States
  • Compartmentalize
  • Defense In Depth - Layered Defense
  • Consider All Application States
  • Not Trusting The Untrusted
  • Security Defect Mitigation
  • Leverage Experience

Threat Modeling

Session: Vulnerabilities
Unvalidated Input - XSS, Injection, CSRF, and Others

Broken Authentication and Authorization

Information Leakage - Error Handling, Logging, Insecure Storage and Others

Spoofing - Protecting Your Users and You Applications

Session: Security Fundamentals

Perimeter Defenses

Security Architectures

Layered Defenses

Extending the Defenses

Session: Cryptography Overview

Cryptography defined

Strong Encryption

Keys and Key Management

Certificate Management


What Really Fails in Crypto Applications

Session: IA Program Management

Best Practices for Management


  • System Security Plan
  • System Security Authorization Agreement
  • Application Configuration Guide
  • Security Classification Guide
  • Determining MAC and CONF Levels
  • Coding Standards

Third Party Software

  • NIAP Approved
  • Robustness Protection
  • Categorization of Software

Ports and Protocols

Education and Training


Workplace Procedures

DoD Standards Compliance

Session: Secure Software Development (SSD)

SSD Process Overview

Applying Processes and Practices

Risk Analysis

Session: Security Testing

Testing Principles

Reviews as Form of Testing



Testing Practices

Classroom Training

Duration 1 day

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