How To Secure Your SDLC The Right Way

The ever evolving threat landscape in our ecosystem demands that we put some thought into the security controls that we use to ensure we keep the bad guys away from our data. This is where software development lifecycle (SDLC) security comes into play. Organizations need to ensure that beyond providing their customers with innovative products ahead of the competition, their security is on point every step of the way throughout the SDLC.  

In order to keep this important process secure, we need to make sure that we are taking a number of important yet often overlooked measures, and using the right tools for the job along the way.

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The Threats to Application Security

Over the past years, attacks to the application layer have become more and more common, with OWASP estimating that nearly a third of web applications contain security vulnerabilities, and WhiteHat Security’s “2015 Website Security Statistics Report” topping that figure with a whopping 86%. Attackers easily exploit those very security vulnerabilities to gain access to an organization’s network and wreak havoc.

While we read about the disastrous consequences of these breaches, Equifax being a recent and notorious example, many organizations are still slow in implementing a comprehensive strategy to secure their SDLC.  

How Can We Make Our SDLC Secure?

One of the basic principles of the secure SDLC is shifting security left.

This means incorporating security practices and tools throughout the software development lifecycle, starting from the earliest phases. This shift will save organizations a lot of time and money later on, since the cost of remediating a security vulnerability in post production is so much higher compared to addressing it in the earlier stages of the SDLC.

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