Secure Software Development- Best Practices

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A 100% secure software development is almost impossible, as no software can be made fully protected. But with cyber-attack and malicious threats common in software industry, it is very essential for an enterprise to think about the security of their most sensitive data. However, by following certain best practices, a secure software, which is less susceptible to security breaches can be developed.

HERE IS A LIST OF BEST SECURITY PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR A SECURE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

1. Protect your business and brand with secure solutions: Understand your business clearly to create secure solutions for potential security risks, regulatory requirements and training needs. Customer trust is the real cost and an organisation is obligated to retain it by protecting the brand name through more secure software.

2. Understand Software Technology: Before building a software, a thorough understanding should be made on the existing infrastructure for a smooth deployment. An insecure implementation can lead to severe breaches.

3. Governance, Regulations and Privacy Policy: Ensure compliance to governance, regulations and privacy policy. An up-to-date understanding should be made on the internal and external policies that govern business.

4. Protect the sensitive information: Company’s sensitive information must be correctly classified, properly controlled and secured.

5. Design, develop and deploy secure software: Many software security vulnerabilities are not coding issues at all, but design issues. So while designing a software, use threat model and abuse case modelling to identify potential threats. Incorporate necessary secure controls during the development stage of your software development lifecycle (SDLC). Secure deployment ensures that the software is functionally operational and secure at the same time. It means that software is deployed with defence-in-depth, and attack surface area is not increased by improper release, change, or configuration management.

6. Educate: Without a full participation, no security plan is likely to succeed. So once the security measures are identified convey it to the stakeholders so that they can implement the security activities.

Software security is a step by step procedure which cannot be achieved just at a specific level but it should be taken into account from the beginning of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

As an Intelligent Business software provider, at Insightconsutants, our home grown process RadicalRooting looks at software requirements backwards, starting from the reports that tell us what problem the software seeks to solve and then allow that insight to define what the software should and should not do. The process ensures that adequate time is spent to understand and anchor solutions around problems and not the other way round. Once the core problem is clearly defined, the RadicalRooting™ process ensures that reports are designed to track not just how well the solution performs, but also how well the problem is finally getting resolved through the solution. If you feel this is something you expect or if you would like to know more about this, contact us.

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