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The increasing importance of security in software development

Meghan Lodwick, PR & Communications Manager
Meghan Lodwick
PR & Communications Manager
April 27, 2023
Meghan Lodwick
PR & Communications Manager
April 27, 2023
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With the rise of cyber-attacks and data breaches, software security has become a crucial component of the software development process. In the past, security was an afterthought, and many businesses would only focus on it once a security breach had occurred.  

However, with the increase in cyber threats, it has become essential to build security into the development process from start to finish. Security in software development should be treated as a fundamental aspect, and it should be a part of the software development life cycle.

Let’s look at the rising demand for security in software development and why it has become an essential part of the development process.

Secure coding practices

One of the primary ways of ensuring security in software development is to follow secure coding practices. Developers need to be aware of common vulnerabilities and threats, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. By using frameworks and tools for secure coding practices, developers can minimise the risk of vulnerabilities and ensure that their code is secure.

The role of DevOps in security

Another way of ensuring software security is through the implementation of DevOps practices. By integrating security into the development process, DevOps practices can ensure that vulnerabilities are detected and addressed early in the development cycle. This can help minimise the risk of cyber threats and ensure that the software is secure before it is deployed.

The importance of regular security testing

Security testing is a crucial step in ensuring that software is secure. It is essential to test the software at various stages of the development process to ensure that vulnerabilities are detected early and addressed promptly. Some of the most common types of security testing include penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, and code review. By conducting regular security testing, businesses can minimise the risk of data breaches and other cyber threats.

The benefits of investing in security

Investing in software security can have significant benefits for businesses. It can help build customer trust, improve brand reputation, and reduce the risk of financial damage caused by data breaches. Additionally, by investing in security, businesses can ensure that their software is compliant with industry standards and regulations, such as GDPR and the Privacy Act.

It’s also important to invest in software modernisation. Applications with multiple touchpoints and complex, antiquated processes can slow down growth and put your security at risk. It’s vital to keep your systems up-to-date to reduce any risk but to also improve the efficiency of your organisation.  

In conclusion, security in software development has become a crucial component of the software development process. With the rise of cyber threats and data breaches, businesses need to ensure that their software is secure from start to finish.  

By following secure coding practices, implementing DevOps practices, conducting regular security testing, and investing in security, businesses can minimise the risk of cyber threats and ensure that their software is secure. It is time for businesses to prioritise security in software development, as it is the key to building customer trust and improving brand reputation.

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