It’s difficult to develop secure software, but 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 developing an awareness of security that will lead them to develop reliable production-ready apps.
In the course of this discussion, we came up with 8 ways to help developers create more secure apps and develop a security-minded mindset. These suggestions are based on of the conversation as well as other research on how to make your company’s software as secure as possible.
Make sure your employees are aware of how to spot and fix security holes in their code. Instruct them through training on safe code methods and how to protect against common attacks such as phishing. Plan regular, cross functional gatherings to introduce new threats and vulnerabilities to your team. This gives your developers the chance to collaborate with other teams who are facing the same problems.
Create a knowledge base and documentation of the software security policies within your company. This will give your employees an overview when writing code and ensure that everyone is aware of the rules.
Be aware of the security implications when using third-party libraries or components in your applications. If they’re not regularly updated there’s a high likelihood of them having security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cybercriminals. Make use of a tool to detect any issues.