Software Security & Product Assurance

IT systems are growing increasingly complex and becoming more integrated and interdependent on one another. At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technologies are pressurising system developers to ensure that software products and services are available online and on-the-move. With time and money an increasingly precious commodity in competitive marketplaces, software development and deployment happens concurrently and continuously across multiple applications operating within IT ecosystems. Security threats to software are also increasing in sophistication and attackers are more resourceful than ever before.

These pressures require product development and quality assurance to go hand in hand; the best way to develop functional, performant and secure systems is to build from the ground up, continuously assuring functionality, performance and security at every new build stage. This demands agile, efficient, continuous build environments, sophisticated test automation and optimisation, as well as systematic testing of functionality, performance and security – all done in a structured and continuous manner across the software life cycle.

CRITICAL Software’s independent software security and product assurance services help our clients in a number of ways, from meeting their compliance needs to tackling software security challenges, whether for single applications or entire IT ecosystems. We help clients in the following areas:

  • Process improvement & gap analysis
  • Test automation & optimisation
  • Security Testing services
  • Source code quality and design verification
  • Performance and scalability testing
  • Independent software testing
  • Test management services
  • Continuous build, delivery and test environments
  • Application lifecycle management
  • Third-party application compliance testing

Our services increase the performance, quality, reliability and security of IT applications. We help to conceive and develop modern IT applications with reliability and security ‘built in’ from day one. We are also able to routinely execute large validation test campaigns without negatively impacting product performance or time-to-market by taking advantage of automated test strategies, tools and frameworks. This helps our clients to more easily reduce the risks associated with regulatory, legal and financial liability, or the loss of brand credibility and revenue that comes with security breaches, product failures and inefficient or inadequate test teams.

Our services are supported by a dedicated, experienced and skilled team holding multiple international certifications that include Advanced ISTQB, Scrum Alliance, CAT and many more. Our delivery unit is rated at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 5, the highest obtainable level, and a roster of quality certifications that include ISO 9001:2008, NATO AQAP 2210 and 2110 and AS 9100.


Defence & Security

Defence & security is a major industrial sector, both highly innovative and dependent on high-end engineering and technologies. The sector’s cutting-edge research has created important knock-on effects for other sectors too, such as electronics, space and civil aviation.

The defence & security sector demands a level of product quality, reliability and robustness that’s often unimaginable in other industries. As a reflection of these demands, testing costs in defence & security can easily account for 75% of the total product development cost, compared to 20-30% for consumer and enterprise-level software. The high performance and reliability demands of the sector also mean that specialised, bespoke technologies are common.

But while the defence & security sector has to cope with extremely high quality demands and a challenging technological environment, it remains under the same pressure that other sectors face to cut testing costs. So effective and efficient software testing processes, methodologies and techniques are essential.

These processes, methodologies and techniques need to deal with complex distributed systems that include multiple displays, highly complex legacy systems that must be used in conjunction with newer systems, multiple middleware and back-end components working in combination, including legacy technology wrappers, a wide range of client-side technologies and custom devices, and a mixture of different standards.

CRITICAL Software has a strong presence in the defence & security sector, and our domain knowledge and experience make us the ideal partner to provide the following services:

  • Non-invasive end-to-end verification and validation services: we provide a full spectrum of V&V activities, from reviews, inspections, process assurance, all types of software application testing and the testing of facilities. This includes regression testing, integration, verification and acceptance testing of the software and hardware. Our services can cover local/unit testing as well as integration and end-to-end service verification across the boundaries of individual software and applications or facilities.
  • Test automation and optimisation: besides helping to save on costs, automated and optimised tests are also effective in improving the quality and accuracy of testing. Our test automation and optimisation services support clients’ business objectives, providing careful planning, preparation, specialised skills, execution, control and infrastructure management.
  • Scalability and performance testing: our performance testing services analyse clients’ performance testing needs, simulate an increase in traffic to a given client’s system and measure the performance, stability, and responsiveness of the system under test. Systems under test can be web-based applications, middleware and low-level APIs or communication networks. Our services ensure optimum system responsiveness, scalability, throughput and stability.
  • Security testing: we work with security giants in the fields of security testing, security auditing, implementation and assessment. Our team is able to provide valuable expertise and solutions to counter security threats and deficiencies and we ensure the protection and fortification of information systems and infrastructure. Our services adhere to EU and international standards and comply with stringent privacy and data security requirements. Our facilities hold the necessary industrial security clearances with the full capability to handle and protect secret information marked by the EU SECRET and NATO SECRET clearance levels.
  • Process improvement & gap analysis: this service is designed to help our clients understand the inefficiencies in their engineering and organisational processes. The assessment defines improvement and action plans that can later be followed up on and implemented to boost efficiency.
  • Third-party application compliance testing: We offer solutions to help companies develop and execute tests and specialised assessments to determine a product’s compliance status with regards to different standards or with specific internal policies in mind.

Finance

Financial systems should be accurate and secure. More than any other industry, financial services operate in a dynamic and complex environment in which day-to-day operations are driven by high volume events processed in real-time. Whether you are an insurance company processing claims, a capital markets firm performing trades, a credit card company checking millions of transactions in order to monitor fraudulent activity or a banking institution, your business is riding on the accuracy and availability of your IT systems that operate in real time with continuous availability and reliability.

Every user, from business users and regulators, to customers and vendors brings increasingly demanding requirements for speed, security, privacy, transparency and accountability. The challenges faced by the financial industry are forcing organisations to meet these demands whilst keeping pace with technological advances and becoming more proactive and efficient, all the while reducing costs. Customer expectations of their user experience has also increased, no matter how they access service applications. Customers want a secure application for their financial transactions with minimal or no risk and services that can be tailored to meet their needs.

At CRITICAL Software, we offer end-to-end testing services to banks, financial institutions and insurance organisations. With many years’ experience working with international companies in the financial sector, our services cater for the many distinctive requirements specific to this industry.

  • Accurate end-to-end testing: we provide the full spectrum of testing services combining proven methods, processes, experience and industry best practices, supported by best in breed tooling.
  • Faster release cycles with test automation and optimisation: besides helping to save on costs, automated and optimised tests are also effective in improving the quality and accuracy of testing. Our test automation and optimisation services will support your business objectives, providing careful planning, preparation, specialised skills, execution, control and infrastructure management.
  • Enhanced product scalability with performance testing: financial systems are becoming ubiquitous and extremely complex. We adopt a holistic approach towards understanding our clients’ performance needs, as well as identifying the performance deterrents they might be facing. We offer powerful and realistic performance tests for thousands of users running business scenarios across a broad range of enterprise application environments, providing clients with practical diagnostics and solutions to resolve any performance issues.
  • Low risk of exposure with security testing: we work with security giants in the fields of security testing, security auditing, implementation and assessment. Our team is able to provide valuable expertise and solutions to counter security threats and deficiencies. We ensure the protection and fortification of clients’ information systems.
  • Optimised and efficient delivery processes: we help our clients in the process of defining strategies, methodologies and tools to optimise continuous delivery and deployment processes. We intend to remove the boundaries between the traditional silos of IT development, business, QA and IT operations and extend the agile and lean-principles from software development to software deployment and operations. Our services are capable of providing lifecycle automation, environment virtualisations, test data management, continuous testing and code quality checks.
  • Process improvement & gap analysis: we offer solutions to help companies develop and execute tests, and specialised assessments to determine a product’s compliance status with regards to different standards or with specific internal policies in mind.

Space

With the digital revolution changing every industry on Earth, inspiring entrepreneurs are increasingly transforming technologies from the space industry into commercial applications that deliver innovative solutions to businesses and end-users at large. While rocket and spacecraft development are at the space industry's core, a new era of innovation is being driven by new and novel ways of exploiting the huge amount of downstream data produced by space assets.

To exploit these new opportunities, existing multi-mission ground facilities need to support an increasing number of satellite missions. These complex facilities are composed of real-time acquisition, dissemination, data access and infrastructural elements, plus a number of generic software tools used in data post-processing. The data received and processed by these ground facilities (for example, earth observation imagery) can then be shared and used by a wide range of third-party organisations and industries to solve specific business problems.

With proven expertise in developing and validating on-board and ground satellite systems, CRITICAL Software is primed to help clients with innovative testing solutions that enable them to deliver top-quality applications and services. Our software security and product assurance services for the space industry include:

  • End-to-end verification and validation activities: we provide a full spectrum of V&V activities, from reviews, inspections, process assurance, all types of software application testing and the testing of facilities. This includes regression testing, integration, verification and acceptance testing of the software and hardware. The services provided can cover local/unit testing as well as integration and end-to-end service verification across the boundaries of individual software and applications or facilities.
  • Test automation and optimisation: besides helping to save on costs, automated and optimised tests are also effective in improving the quality and accuracy of testing. Our test automation and optimisation services support clients’ business objectives, providing careful planning, preparation, specialised skills, execution, control and infrastructure management.
  • Scalability and performance testing: dealing with the huge amount of data produced by different satellite constellations is a massive challenge. Not only should the infrastructures responsible for data processing be highly performant, but dissemination systems should also support matching data throughputs. We offer powerful and realistic performance tests capable of assessing the performance of software applications, data networks and infrastructures.
  • Security testing: we work with security giants in the fields of security testing, security auditing, implementation and assessment. Our team is able to provide valuable expertise and solutions to counter security threats and deficiencies. We ensure the protection and fortification of clients’ information systems.
  • Third-party application compliance testing, process improvements & gap analysis: we offer solutions to help companies develop and execute tests and specialised assessments to determine a product’s compliance status with different standards or with specific internal policies in mind.

Talk to us today!

Click the button below and one of our experts will contact you shortly.

Contact us