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UK MCSS Compliance and Application Security

Developed by the UK government and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Minimum Cyber Security
Standard (MCSS) provides a minimum set of cybersecurity measures which are mandatory
for the UK government and its departments.

UK Minimum Cyber Security Standard

UK MCSS imposes various data protection, privacy and security testing requirements on all companies that must adhere to it. Holistic visibility and inventory of digital assets, web and mobile application security are an indispensable part of UK MCSS compliance process:

Section 6 (d)

“To protect digital services, you shall:


I. Ensure the web application is not susceptible to common security vulnerabilities, such as described in the top ten Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) vulnerabilities.


II. Ensure the underlying infrastructure is secure, including verifying that the hosting environment is maintained securely and that you have appropriately exercised your responsibilities for securely configuring the infrastructure and platform.


III. Protect data in transit using well-configured TLS v1.2.”

ImmuniWeb® for UK MCSS Compliance

Application security and compliance for UK MCSS starts with holistic visibility of your digital assets, related risks and threats. You simply cannot protect what you don't know. Therefore, we recommend commencing your UK MCSS compliance efforts with IT asset discovery, inventory, classification and risk scoring. Our ImmuniWeb® Discovery leverages OSINT technology to rapidly detect your external web, mobile and cloud assets equipped with attractiveness and hackability scores. Based on our award-winning AI technology, ImmuniWeb Discovery will likewise provide you with a snapshot of your exposure in the Deep and Dark Web. Once completed, you are ready to start well-informed and risk-based application security testing for the purpose of UK MCSS compliance.

For one-time security testing of your web applications and APIs, we recommend using ImmuniWeb® On-Demand equipped with CVE, CWE reporting and CVSSv3 risk scoring. Its in-depth and rapid testing is based on OWASP Testing Guide (OTGv4), NIST SP 800-115 Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment, PCI DSS Information Supplement Penetration Testing Guidance, FedRAMP Penetration Test Guidance and ISACA’s How to Audit GDPR. The testing comprehensively covers full spectrum of security vulnerabilities from SANS Top 25 and OWASP Top 10.

For iOS and Android mobile apps and their backend (e.g. APIs or REST/SOAP web services) we provide all-inclusive testing with ImmuniWeb® MobileSuite equipped with CVE, CWE reporting and CVSSv3 risk scoring. Its in-depth and rapid testing is based on OWASP Mobile Security Testing Guide (MSTG) and OWASP Testing Guide (OTGv4), NIST SP 800-115 Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment, PCI DSS Information Supplement Penetration Testing Guidance, FedRAMP Penetration Test Guidance and ISACA’s How to Audit GDPR. The testing comprehensively covers full spectrum of security vulnerabilities from SANS Top 25 and OWASP Mobile Top 10.

For most critical applications that directly impact your UK MCSS compliance we offer ImmuniWeb® Continuous for incremental 24/7 testing of any new or updated code. It is equipped with CVE, CWE reporting and CVSSv3 risk scoring, its in-depth and rapid testing is based on OWASP Testing Guide (OTGv4), NIST SP 800-115 Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment, PCI DSS Information Supplement Penetration Testing Guidance, FedRAMP Penetration Test Guidance and ISACA’s How to Audit GDPR. The testing comprehensively covers full spectrum of security vulnerabilities from SANS Top 25 and OWASP Top 10.

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