The representation of a real-world application, such as a mobile application, web application, web service, or rich client.

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

A bug tracker or ticketing system that is used primarily by software developers to track sprint and project work. Examples: JIRA, TFS, CA Agile Central (Rally), and so on.

ALM connector

A system-wide configuration setup for a specific ALM service. A connector is used to create an ALM Connection to sync tasks to the ALM.

ALM connection

A project-specific integration based on an ALM Connector. The connection syncs SD Elements project tasks to a specified ALM project.

Additional requirement

Steps or additional controls added to a task’s solution when certain conditions match a project’s settings. Also known as a Task amendment.

Base project

The first project created for an application. Also known as a Root project.

Business unit

A Business unit models a division in your business. For example, a Web Application Team, Consumer Financial Division, and so on. See Business units for more information.


A term given to problems, tasks, additional requirements, how-tos, glossary and other similar artifacts. Generally, most content can be customized to meet organization-specific needs.

Custom attribute

A customization allowing additional information to be tracked on applications and projects. See Application attributes and Project attributes for more information.

Custom task

A task created by a user of the system. The task can be assigned to projects and maintained similar to the official or default tasks.

Default task

A task originally developed by Security Compass and kept updated through product updates. After each product update, a default task is updated to the latest available content. However, any changes that have been made to the task, such to "priority" and "phase", will continue to override the underlying values.


Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST). DAST tools examine applications for security weaknesses while an application is running. DAST is often called "black-box testing" since it tests the behavior of an application without access to internals (such as source code, byte code).

Global roles

Roles for what a user can do in the application. For example, create projects, customize content, and so on. Manage these roles for individual users through the Manage Users→Users page.


Contextual advice on how to implement a certain requirement or task.


Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST). IAST tools employ DAST and SAST methods to examine applications for security weaknesses. Combining both strategies can help eliminate false positives and false negatives.

Library task

A library task is a task that is managed by the SD Elements content library. See Library tasks for more information. It is normally added to a project when its Match conditions are satisfied by the survey. However, they can also be manually added to a project if needed.

Match condition

A set of rules that determine whether a Task, Problem, Amendment, or How-To is relevant to a project.

New release

A new release is a new project that copies the same project settings as your current project. The intent of the "new release" function is to model the deltas between projects. See Create a release project for more information.

Original task

This is also known as a Default task. See Default task for more information.


A stage in the process of completing a project. By default, SD Elements tracks four phases: Requirements, Architecture and Design, Development, and Testing.


A security weakness or business-related breakdown that may affect a project given certain conditions (for instance, SQL Injection, Buffer Overflow, Missing authentication).


A project profile is a way to automatically select common project settings for a given application type. For example, "Generic Web Applications" tend to have SQL databases, use cookies for session management, and so on. See Profiles for more information.


A single release of an Application.

Project roles

Roles for what you can do in an project: change project settings, add notes to tasks, and so on. The roles may be different for an individual user in each project. These roles are assigned to users and groups at the project level.

Project specific task

A project specific task is almost identical to a normal task but with the following distinctions:

  • Only applicable to a specific project/release.

  • Unlike normal Tasks, a Project Specific Task does not have related Rules, How-tos or Underlying Problems.

  • You can identify the distinction between a project specific task and a normal task by the code prepended to the title of the task. A normal task begins with "T", as in "T33". Whereas, a project specific task begins with "PT", as in "PT66".

Project settings

Settings or attributes that can influence the risk profile or business context for a work effort or project, as in "Uses a database" or "Subject to the laws of California". This is also known as a Project survey. See Project survey for more information.

Project survey

Settings or attributes that can influence the risk profile or business context for a work effort or project, as in "Uses a database" or "Subject to the laws of California". This is also known as Project settings. See Project survey for more information.

Root project

The first project created for an application.


A form of logic used to decide when Content is applicable to a project. A rule is composed of boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) that influence when content is included or excluded in a project or release.


Static Application Security Testing (SAST). SAST tools search an application’s internals (source code or byte code) for security weaknesses. They do not require an application to be running to perform an evaluation. SAST is often called "white-box testing".

Security tool connector

A system-wide configuration for a specific Security Tool service. A connector is used to create a Security tool connection.

Security tool connection

A project-specific integration based on a Security tool connector. The connection imports vulnerability details and updates the verification details of tasks in the SD Elements project.


SDLC is an acronym for Software Development Lifecycle.


A task is an individual unit of work in SD Elements. A task represents either a prescriptive step to prevent a problem (a potential security vulnerability, for example), or a method to test whether that problem exists. Each task has a status representing whether or not it is complete, a priority, and other task-specific properties.

For example, "T6: Implement account lockout or authentication throttling" is a task to prevent brute-force authentication attacks.

Task amendment

Steps or additional controls added to a task’s solution when certain conditions match a project’s settings. Also known as Additional requirement.


Indicates the verification status of a task, as indicated by an automated scanning solution or manual verification. The verification section provides assurance that a task has actually been completed. See Expanded task detail for more information.

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