The process of creating secure software is difficult, but it’s essential to protect data and business operations. New Relic recently hosted a Twitter Space with Harry Kimpel from Snyk and Frank Dornberger from movingimage to discuss how software engineers can develop an understanding of security that will lead to reliable production-ready applications.
In the course of this discussion, we came up with eight tips for developers to develop more secure applications and develop a security-minded mindset. These suggestions are based on of that conversation as well as additional research on how to make your software as secure as is possible.
Make sure that your employees know how to identify and fix security holes in their code. Make sure they are trained on safe code practices and ways to guard against common attacks like phishing. Plan regular, cross-functional sessions to introduce your team to new threats and weaknesses. This will also provide your developers the chance to work with teams that are affected by the same vulnerabilities.
Set up an information base and documentation of the software security guidelines within your company. This will give your employees an overview when writing code and will ensure that everyone is aware of the rules.
Consider the security implications when using third-party libraries or components in your applications. If they’re not maintained regularly cybercriminals could be susceptible to exploiting security vulnerabilities. Use a tool that checks for dependencies, libraries and other libraries in your source code in order to find any problems.