The information at the heart of every business transaction and relationship is being targeted. Cyberattacks are the primary threat to modern software, from presidents signing an executive orders regarding cybersecurity to data breaches costing companies millions.
Software engineers are able to make security an integral part of their work. However, they need to be properly trained and equipped. In an earlier Twitter Space discussion, New Relic’s Harry Kimpel and Frank Dornberger discussed the best way to develop an attitude of security that goes beyond app vulnerabilities to think about integrity of the application and system reliability.
It is essential to emphasize that security is a component of the SDLC from the beginning of requirements to release and testing. It’s also beneficial to utilize a well-tested framework like the NIST Secure Software Design Framework (SSDF) to add structure and consistency to the team’s efforts and ensure that they adhere to best practices.
As they are likely patched frequently, using well-known and well-maintained frameworks and libraries can decrease the risk of attack of your software. Also, making sure that all third-party software components are scrutinized for security concerns and in compliance with your organization’s policies can be beneficial. To be able to see the risks associated with open source components, it’s important to keep an inventory, or software bill of materials, that includes all of your components.
The most effective security is incorporated into a team’s daily work practices and the culture. Promoting a positive, collaborative workplace, promoting team happiness, and improving the communication between teams can all result in better, more secure software security.