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Project settings are where you model the application. Project settings are broken down by categories on the left side (e.g. "Application General"), subcategories (e.g. "Application Type") and questions and answers (e.g. "Uses a database").
Updating the project settings will cause the list of tasks to change according to their rules. For example, the task "Encrypt credit card numbers in storage" may require that you select the setting "Processes, stores, or transmits credit card numbers". If you do not select this setting, then the task will not apply.
Project settings can be edited multiple times. If you complete the project settings but are unsure of certain answers, you can make assumptions and then change the project settings at a later time.
SD Elements provides the following categories for project settings by default. Project settings can be customized, so your instance may have other categories as well:
- Application General: High-level settings about the application, such as the type of application and its protocols.
- Language and Platform: Technology-specific settings about the application, such as the programming language and third party libraries used.
- Features and Functions: Security and other related features, such as whether or not the application allows users to upload files.
- Compliance Requirements: Requirements from specific regulatory bodies, such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI).
- Development/Test Tools: A list of tools that may be used during development or testing. These settings help SD Elements determine which technology-specific How Tos it can provide. For example, some How Tos require use of Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) tools: these How Tos will only appear if you are allowed to use OWASP tools.
- Changes Since Last Release: Settings that determine what the changes were since the last release. Only use this section if you wish to model the changes between releases rather than the entire application. Note that this section does not appear by default. It will only appear if you create a new release of a project.
Your administrators may have defined additional custom categories & sub-categories unique to your environment.