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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper



Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Jim Chen

Second Advisor

Lynn Collen

Third Advisor

Kasi Balasubramanian

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Taxonomy of tools, Secure tools, Secure software engineering tools, Tools, CyberSecurity tools


Software security has become a crucial part of an organization’s overall security strategy due to increasingly sophisticated attacks at the application layer. One of the major concerns in software engineering is the inadequate use of secure software development methods and tools. Such deficiency is caused by a lack of knowledge and training on available secure tools among software developers. This project conducts a thorough investigation of the tools that can be used by developers throughout the software development life cycle to assist in the development of secure applications, including tools used by individuals and teams, classified by open-source or commercial, tools based on project size, etc. This paper also includes a summary table that provides a quick overview of all the tools listed for developers and individuals to use.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my chair, Dr. Jim Chen, Ph.D., for his invaluable patience and feedback. I am extremely grateful for his encouragement, prompt response, and sense of humor. I could not have embarked on this journey without the help of my defense committee, who generously shared their knowledge and expertise.

I am also grateful to my classmates and cohort members. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention my family, especially my parents and brother. Their faith in me has kept my spirits and motivation high throughout this process.