Secure and Safe Software

The software behind today’s cyberattacks

As software becomes deeply integrated into critical infrastructure such as transportation, healthcare and personal devices, the repercussions of lax software security magnify. Security threats are constantly seeking vulnerabilities to exploit. Software that isn’t secure can be exploited for fraud, data breaches and other illegal activities.

The prevention of attacks in the first place is the best way to protect software. This requires a mix of practices which include the patching process and keeping software up-to-date. It also requires a secure architecture as well as programming best practices, such as using encryption, data validity, and programming language that safely manages memory allocations.

There are many commercially-available solutions (COTS), which can help you ensure your system is safe. However, if you are creating your own software or are part of a DevOps team, the goal is to incorporate security into the development process so it’s built into the application right away. This reduces the amount of effort needed to fix problems in production.

The benefits of designing security into software is far more than the cost. By implementing best practices frameworks and employing methodologies that incorporate security into the design software developers can drastically reduce the number of vulnerabilities that make it to production, reduce the impact of undiscovered and unaddressed vulnerabilities, as well as quickly address new vulnerabilities as they become apparent. It’s 6x more costly to fix a manufacturing flaw and it’s crucial to be able to fix it correctly on the first try.

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