It’s no secret to anyone that technology has changed people’s lives. Every day software is developed to meet human needs – which is great, but not necessarily safe.

Ensuring cybersecurity solutions, besides being an important attraction for the consumer, is also an indispensable way to avoid legal problems with data intrusion, being in accordance with the General Law on the Protection of Personal Data (LGPD). Therefore, protecting your software is protecting your business.

So, they are tips on how to ensure the safe development of software that you will see in the topics below.

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Why it is so important to invest in secure software development

To develop software is to think of efficient solutions. But not just that. To achieve this goal, it is necessary that the development process has full alignment between those involved in all stages, in addition to the adoption of good methodologies and definition of good requirements.

And to adopt good methodologies and requirements, it is important to have at your disposal mechanisms that ensure total security of the software with its integrations.

Software developed without the security mechanisms will certainly present serious problems – and the biggest one is to leave your users’ data vulnerable.

Below, we have separated 7 points that need to be subject to observation and review throughout the development of your software.

The main points for the safe development of software

From design to user experience, through planning steps and reaching test routines, you need to constantly tailor protection solutions so that all edges are trimmed.

To do this, it is worth decorating these 7 precepts:

1. Use secure methods for transferring and storing data

The internet has come to bring quick responses not just to the public. Networks are also great for improving software development functionality.

After all, IT tools are not only developed for local use, but also to exchange data with servers and thus have their functions developed.

But for this exchange to be made, it is essential that the software adopts processes that ensure maximum security in the transfer of information, such as full encryption.

Advanced encryption will be an important lock so that only authorized people have access to the information they exchange, preventing data from being vulnerable to attacker attacks.

2. Use a safe development method

Data security cannot be compromised in any of the steps that involve software development.

And to ensure that this happens, it is important to focus on standards and methodologies that aim at total security so that the source code does not offer any fragility.

All professionals involved need to be properly trained to thoroughly test procedures that reinforce the high level of software confidence. This is what will make the difference to ensure a strict quality standard.

3. Be ware of the chosen environment

If your team takes all necessary precautions only in the digital environment, you need to review this process in physical space.

The IT team involved in software development needs to have a physical environment available without any vulnerability to third parties.

To do this, it is worth restricting both digital and physical access – including space for servers.

4. Review the code to find possible security holes

As you may have noticed, prevention is never too much. And prevention rhymes with review. You need to raise the concentration level to realize how much the software resists attacks that claim to steal information.

Among these processes is the need to constantly review the source codes. This is a procedure you can’t get enough of.

These tests should be included even in the step where the type of software design is defined. With proper testing, the team of programmers will implement the solution that most resists the different types of threats.

5. Manage the source code

Tools for code management should be adopted. They help in versioning the source code, enabling organized interaction between servers, integrity, and management of each step in the software development process.

6. Make software documentation

Software documentation is indispensable for continuous improvement. With this process, you can track all applications so that they are well performed.

It is essential that all documentation is objective, well structured and, mainly, clear. This will allow the software to be expanded safely and sustainably.

7. Adoption of SDL

The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) is the process adopted by Microsoft for the development of software with the highest degree of security.

By integrating SDL methods, process verification and review are encouraged to move further and further into solutions that do not allow for security holes. Next, you’ll learn about other advantages of this implementation.

SDL: Why adopt and what are the main steps?

Because it is a secure development system by Microsoft, the SDL has highly reliable organizations and methodologies that generate maximum agility and protection throughout the software creation processes.

Essentially, the SDL is divided into seven steps:

  1. Training

It is directed to team members to know all the details of the updated principles for security and privacy trends.

  1. Requirements

It is the necessary verification to ensure the security and total privacy of the user. In addition, it establishes a bug tracking system so that your solutions are identified quickly.

  1. Design

It is the step that analyzes the surface of the application that may be attacked. It is critical that the chosen design meets the required levels of security against key types of attacks.

  1. Implementation

It takes into account the creation of code that applies defensive programming techniques in order to extinguish the vulnerability of the system.

  1. Check

It is the step designed to perform tests, check codes and inspect documents. For this, automated tools or third-party professionals are used.

  1. Launch

It has an action plan that prepares the support team in the quick solution of problems. In addition, it is very important for the team responsible for handling serious incidents that need to quickly minimize possible damage.

  1. Answer

It is the speed in the information generated after the trace detects crashes and bugs after the software is distributed. SDL ensures quick responses to stream software normalization.

As you already know, developing software is undoubtedly an important solution to leverage business and build consumer loyalty. But without legal data protection, this development can have a reverse effect and become a major problem when vulnerable.

To help you in this mission of safe development, there is bugScout. This is a state-of-the-art static code analysis (SAST) tool that integrates with the development lifecycle, increasing efficiency and verifying code security before deployment or compilation.

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