What are the steps you can take to ensure that security is functioning in an Agile organization? Here are the four best ways to ensure secure software development in the Agile era.
Build Security In Through User Stories
To help put the first aversion for safety to rest, security forces need to help develop the creation of functional stories for security purposes. These stories, as discussed earlier, define the business requirements of certain applications, which are then broken down into different tasks to be achieved during and after development.
Put Developers in Charge of Secure Development
If security is to work within the Agile environment, one of the most important changes made is to make the developer responsible for safe development.
Why is this so important? As we currently stand, there are an average of 100 developers for every member of the security team, greatly reducing the security forces’ ability to be responsible for all aspects of security. So to offset this imbalance and to ensure that security is implemented and taken seriously, it is important to give the security developer responsibility.
The security team still has to have input and engagement in later planning and phase testing, but during core development, programmers need to be tasked to scan security and fix issues they find. This is a great way to help improve security to the preceding stage of software development life cycle (SDLC), where security issues are better handled.
Integrate Continuous Integration Security Practices in the SDLC
Unlike the past, there are now application security tools on the market that are used for the Agile organization. Modern application security solutions can be integrated with current development tools, from bug trackers to code repositories to building management programs to facilitate easy-to-use security tracking and scanning and secure code fixes. By uniting developers with security tools such as static code analysis built for use in development environments, they are more geared towards achieving security success.
Adapt, Iterate and Grow to Keep Security Agile
Embedded in the Agile methodology is the need to measure, adapt, and strive to continually improve current tools and processes. This is part of the agile nature of Agile’s needs to evolve to meet the needs of the entire team and businesses. To ensure relevant security within Agile’s organization, it’s important to do the same for security
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