SD Elements supports augmentation and customization of its original content. As teams access the prepared research in application security, a customized layer or organization policy can be added. Non-security domains such as infrastructure security, accessibility, legal requirements, vendor/supply chain management, etc. are also supported.

Content is generally described two ways:

  • Original content: content that SD Elements creates and delivers.

  • Custom content: content that end users create.

SD Elements allows for the customization of the following types of content:

  • Tasks, Additional Requirements & How Tos

  • Problems

  • Project Settings (including sections, subsections, questions and answers)

  • Phases

  • Profiles

Application content becomes relevant and brought into project scope when the project’s settings match the content’s rules. Absent any rules,

  • A Task appears in a project every time its corresponding Problem is in-scope.

  • An Additional Requirement appears every time its corresponding task is in scope.

  • A How To appears every time its corresponding task is in scope.

  • A Task with the special Problem "Always Applicable" will appear in every project.

All customization works in the following way:

  • SD Elements ships content by default, which is updated on a periodic basis. Software as a Service (SaaS) / hosted clients receive these updates automatically. On Site Deployment (OSD) administrators must pull updates as they become available.

  • When new custom content is added it appears alongside original content to an end user. There is generally no visible difference except for identification numbers. In the backend, however, custom content is tracked differently than original content. Custom content can be deleted and modified, but the original content cannot modified or deleted. Tasks from original content are an exception: they can be customized and deactivated.

  • For Tasks, when you modify original content, SD Elements keeps a copy of the original version. Your customized version will always take precedence over our version. If we make changes to the original version of content, your modified version will still show up instead of the updated original version. However, you are able to return at any time to the latest original version of content by clicking on "Revert to Original".

New customization features are regularly in our product development roadmap. If you are interested in additional content, please contact your account representative.

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