With more and more leading applications and websites are being hacked, internet users are thinking twice before sharing personal information online. With hacktivism, commercial espionage and criminal hackings on the rise, it has become extremely crucial to safeguard databases and make sure that adequate application-layer security is in place.
Unfortunately, the responsibility for providing this security often falls on the narrow shoulders of the QA teams. Operating under tight deadlines, they already have their hands full and eventually fail to address the glaring security issues.
Not all companies have the resources needed to enjoy the services of staff trained to tackle vulnerabilities. Even hiring skilled security professionals is not always “pocket-friendly”. But there is good news. Healthy coding practices and smart vulnerability tool selection can help boost your product’s “immunity” and minimize the need for post-production maintenance.
The demand for secure software is rising due to the needs of customers dealing with sensitive information and the creation of new security standards in the IT industry. Benchmarks such as the aforementioned OWASP Top-10 and PCI have already made their mark. The booming cloud technology also requires good protection.
The following steps should be taken to reach the relevant security targets:
Best solutions for security issues.
Application and information security today can be divided into three main categories.
|Static Code Analysis||Dynamic Testing Tools||Pen Testing|
|Preparation||Not Needed||Preparation Needed||Not Needed|
|Coverage Limitations||Only specific run-time trajectories are available||Not all vulnerabilities can be scanned for||Very limited coverage|
|Scanning Limitations||Negligible||Limitations exist||Impossible to get 100% coverage|
|False Positives||Very few||Almost non-existent||Almost non-existent|
|Vulnerability Location||The tool points exactly at the problematic points in the code||Complicated; The tester needs to have security know-how||Complicated; The tester needs to have security know-how|
|Life Cycle Integration||Full integration||Only post-production||Only post-production|
|Ability To Test Dedicated Processes||Preparation needed||Preparation needed||Fully possible|
|Availability||Immediate||Immediate after making the required preparations||Requires coordination with external personnel|
|Cost||Very cost-friendly||Depends on product||Not cost-friendly|
Secure Software Development Life Cycle (sSDLC).
Secure development life-cycles are a must for ensuring that software is released with a minimum amount of loopholes. The most comprehensive and effective way is to adopt a three-point strategy during the development process:
7 tips for picking the right security tool for your product.
The bottom line.
Checkmarx recommends automating the testing process and integrating the security solution into the various development stages. The tool should be picked based on your specific needs. Pen Testing is a great complimentary tool for simulating attacks and testing the immunity of your finished product, but cannot be relied upon as the only solution.
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