It’s a challenge to create secure software, however it’s crucial to safeguard business operations and data. New Relic recently hosted a Twitter Space with Harry Kimpel from Snyk and Frank Dornberger from movingimage to discuss ways that software engineers can create an attitude of security that will lead to reliable production-ready applications.
In the course of this discussion, we discovered eight ways for developers to develop safer apps and develop a security-focused mindset. The following tips are based upon that conversation and other research into how to ensure that your software is as secure as you can.
Make sure that your employees know how to spot and close security loopholes in their code. Through training, help them learn safe ways to code and how they can protect themselves against common attacks such as phishing. Set up regular, cross-functional discussions for your team to be exposed to new threats and vulnerabilities. This will give your developers an opportunity to work alongside other teams that are facing the same issues.
Create an understanding base and documentation of the software security policies in your company. This will allow your employees to refer back to it when they are writing code, and also ensure that everyone is aware of the policies.
Think about the security implications of third-party libraries and components you incorporate into your applications. If they’re not updated regularly there’s a significant likelihood of them having security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cybercriminals. Make use of a tool that scans for dependencies such as libraries and other dependencies in your source code to help identify any issues.