Best practices for developing secure protection software against high risk vulnerabilities. As a result, there is no need to fix these vulnerabilities later in the software life cycle, which reduces the cost of overhead and customer recovery costs.
While the safe coding practices described above significantly reduce the number of software vulnerabilities, additional defense layers will not go wrong. The code study stage should ensure the security of the software before entering the production stage, where the vulnerability determination will be charged.
Testing stage. Penetration testing
Generally, the test stage is focused on finding errors that do not permit the application to function as per customer’s requirements. It’s time to check whether the developed product can handle possible security attacks by applying application penetration testing. This is the case when there are not many plague. Operation needs to be done at every build. Here, to reduce costs, choose an automatic break test that will scan each builder according to the same scenario to catch the most critical vulnerabilities.
In addition, exploratory pen-testing needs to be done in every secure life-cycle software development cycle when an application enters the release stage. In this case, pen-testers are not looking for special vulnerabilities. On the contrary, depending on their experience and intuition, engineers examine the system for potential security flaws.
Production and post-production stages
The software is fully installed on the production system, but the secure software development process has not been completed. Microsoft offers a set of practices to attach to after the product finally sees the light:
- Create an incident response plan to deal with new threats. Identify appropriate security emergency contacts, define security service plans for third-party code and code inherited from other groups in the organization.
- Conduct ultimate safety review. It may reveal the weaknesses that were missed during previous checks. The final study should confirm that all cases of abuse and the security risks defined at the stage of need analysis are addressed.
- Verify and Archive the final product. The certificate helps to ensure that all the requirements for the software are met. Archiving, in turn, helps carry out further maintenance operations.
- Ready to implement the incident response plan. Of course, all custom software vendors are hoping that the event response time will not come. However, in order to uphold their reputation, the software development company should be prepared to implement the incident response plan quickly, if the product has any security breach.
Secure software development is required to require additional spending and intensive engagement of security experts. However, it’s not a rocket science, if applied consistently, the stage follows the ranks. Additional security costs in custom software development are not too high. The important part is to be aware of the security aspect of each team member and additional tests throughout the software development process.
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