Importance of software security assurance is yet to be realized in some companies. The following blog throws some light on the issue and explains how it can be achieved.
With the dependency of organizations worldwide on software technologies getting stronger, the risk to their confidential information also gets higher. Intensive use of web apps and mobile apps in a business grabs the attention of hackers who crave for top secret information such as trade secrets that can be sold at a good price. The costs associated with security breaches, updating security patches and adoption of new security policies has prompted companies to take digital security seriously. Software security assurance, as a result, has become critical for most companies.
What is Software Security Assurance All About?
Software security assurance deals with pretty much every stage of the development life-cycle. This approach basically involves implementation of software security solutions during various phases, particularly testing, maintenance, design and build. The goal here is to ensure customer satisfaction in using the software along with a high level of security, by taking care of the following considerations:
- All security innovations are fostered. Software security companies need to harness the power of the latest innovations in identity management and database security.
- Security loopholes are avoided as far as possible. Regular penetration testing allows a company to find all the security flaws in its websites and mobile apps. These flaws should not show up once resolved.
- Impact of security flaws on users should be minimal. No matter how efficient your software security solutions are, certain minor flaws are bound to show up as hackers happen to be as proficient in using software technologies as those who are trying to ward them off. Whatever happens, none of the security loopholes should affect the users of apps or websites.
- All staff members are educated in software security and all the basic security practices are followed. The practices include very basic steps such as keeping system locked with passwords when not in use, changing all passwords once in every few weeks and avoiding downloads from non-reliable sources.
What About Secure Coding Practices?
As the terms itself suggests, secure coding is a component of secure software development. This crucial component needs to be taken care of through regular discussions among developers regarding basic design principles, common security flaws and malware.