Secure and Safe Software

The software behind today’s cyberattacks

As software is integrated into critical infrastructure such as transportation, healthcare and personal devices, the repercussions of inadequate security for software increase. Adversaries are always probing systems to discover vulnerabilities. Software that is not secure enough can be used for extortion and data breaches, among other criminal activities.

The most important aspect of securing software is to stop attacks before they happen. This requires a mix of methods, including patching and keeping software up to current and utilizing the principle of least privilege. It also means implementing secured architecture and the most effective programming practices, including encryption, data validation and programming languages that safely manage memory allocations.

Today, there are a myriad of commercially available solutions (COTS) to ensure that your system is safe. But, if you’re creating your own software or are a DevOps team, the aim is to incorporate security into the development process so it can be built into the application right away. This will reduce the amount of effort needed to fix issues in production.

The benefits of incorporating security into software outweigh the cost. By implementing best practices frameworks and using security-by-design methodologies software developers can drastically reduce the number of security vulnerabilities that make it into production, minimizing the impact of undetected and unaddressed weaknesses, and quickly address new vulnerabilities when they are discovered. It’s six times more expensive to fix a manufacturing flaw which is why it’s vital to get it right on the first try.