8 Secure Software Tips For Developing Reliable Production-Ready Applications09.10.23
It’s hard to create secure software, however it’s vital 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 develop an understanding of security that will produce reliable, production-ready applications.
In the course of this discussion, we discovered 8 ways to help developers develop more secure applications and develop a security-focused mindset. The following tips are based on that discussion and other research on how to make sure that your company’s software is as secure as is possible.
Make sure that your employees know how to find and close security loopholes in their code. Train them, including safe coding practices and how to defend against common attacks such as phishing. Organise regular, cross-functional meetings for your team to be exposed to new threats and weaknesses. This gives your developers the chance to collaborate with other teams facing the same issues.
Set up an understanding base and documentation of the security policies applicable to software within your company. This will give your employees a reference when they’re writing code and ensure that everybody is aware of the rules.
Consider the security implications when using third-party libraries or components within your applications. If they aren’t updated regularly there’s a significant chance that they have security flaws that could be exploited by cybercriminals. Use a tool that checks for dependencies such as libraries and other dependencies in your source code to help detect any vulnerabilities.