Developing secure code for business applications is critically important. Without it, companies cannot defend against the exploitation of their software vulnerabilities, leaving businesses open to attackers and the subsequent disruption of organizational stability. By reducing the total attack surface across an enterprise’s digital inventory, an organization is effectively making it more difficult for malicious actors to retrieve sensitive organizational assets. To do so, cybersecurity requirements, principles, and tools need to be a top priority across the SDLC for applications. Developers can do this by implementing cybersecurity best practices, and static and dynamic code analysis.
For a new software project to be implemented successfully, the cybersecurity and software development teams must be well integrated, guaranteeing that cybersecurity requirements are communicated, implemented, and deployed. An organization’s leadership must be fully engaged to guard against the risk of insecurely developed software applications, including reminding all employees that cybersecurity requirements are, in fact, business requirements supported by the uppermost leaders of the organization.
In this ICIT Fellow Perspective essay, Darren Death (ICIT Fellow) details:
- Cybersecurity and Application Development Integration
- Application Development Cybersecurity Tools
- Application Host Server Cybersecurity Tools
- Managing Discovered Application and Host Vulnerabilities
- Authentication Considerations for Applications
- Application Security Management Considerations
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