It’s hard to create secure software, however it is essential for protecting the data and operations of businesses. New Relic hosted a Twitter Space recently with Harry Kimpel of Snyk, and Frank Dornberger of movingimage to discuss the importance of software engineers adopting an awareness of security that allows them to develop reliable production-ready software.
In the course of this discussion, we discovered eight ways for developers to create more secure apps and develop a security-conscious mindset. These suggestions are based on of the conversation as well as other research on how to make your software as secure as it can be.
Ensure that your employees are aware of how to spot and fix security flaws in their code. Instruct them through training, including safe coding practices and ways to guard against common threats such as phishing. Set up regular, cross-functional discussions for your team to be exposed to new threats and vulnerabilities. This will also give your developers the chance to work with other teams that face the same vulnerabilities.
Create a knowledge base and a documentation of the security policies for software within your company. This will allow your employees to refer back to it when writing code, and also ensure that everyone knows the rules.
Consider the security implications of third-party libraries and components you incorporate into your applications. If they’re not maintained regularly, cybercriminals may be capable of exploiting security vulnerabilities. Use a tool to identify any issues.