Is your software security program up to the challenges of a rapidly accelerating software delivery environment? Most aren’t – and it’s challenging to both identify the problems and determine the best ways to manage software security in a DevOps environment. Learn some of the essential best practices for managing software security now.
Educate Your Team
In a DevOps environment, software security isn’t limited to the security team. Development, operations and security teams must work together to deliver secure code, fast. Provide broad, secure coding education to your developers with in-context tutorials as they code. When done right, your dev team will learn as they work, and ultimately identify and fix emerging code quality and security errors before they get pushed into production. The more educated they are, the more your team will manage software security.
Focus on Key Threats
The first step to take when developing or relaunching a software security program in your organization is to establish the best practices for your organization. Your organization has needs unique to your business, so the first thing to do is focus your software security testing on your key threats. Application security tools provide excellent information, but when resources are limited, uncovering every type of risk in software creates too much noise and too many data points, leading your team to feel overloaded and paralyzed. Focus is critical when you embark on managing software security.
Integrate Open Source Security Testing
Open source is an ever-increasing percentage of the average codebase. In fact, in a recent DigitalOcean survey 71% of respondents indicated that their employers “expect them to use open source software as part of their day-to-day development work.” The only way to manage the open source in your code is to have visibility into it – the components in use, version numbers, and locations are all critical pieces of information when an open source vulnerability is disclosed. Without insight into your open source use, how will you know whether you’re using a vulnerable component, much less be able to remediate any issues in a timely manner?
Managing Software Security
Software is the backbone for much of the digital transformation taking place at organizations today, which is why it’s essential that security become an integral part of your development process. Start strong with your software security program, and continue to reinforce it by implementing these ten best practices for managing software security.