The Software Behind Today’s Cyberattacks

The lack of security for software has a more significant impact as software is becoming more integrated into critical infrastructures, transportation and healthcare facilities, as well as personal devices. Security threats are always looking to find weaknesses. Software that is not properly secured can be used to carry out the purpose of extortion, data breaches or other criminal activities.

The key to secure software is to stop attacks before they happen. This requires a mix of practices that include the patching process and keeping software up-to-date. It also means implementing a secure architecture and using the most effective programming practices, including cryptography, data validation and programming languages that safely manage memory allocations.

Today, there are a myriad of commercially available solutions (COTS) to ensure your system is safe. If you are building software or are part of a DevOps group, it’s important to integrate security into the process of development so that it’s part of your application from the start. This will reduce the amount of work needed to fix problems in production.

The benefits of designing software security outweigh any cost. Through the use of security-by design methods and best practice frameworks, software makers can limit the number and severity of vulnerabilities that are introduced into production, eliminate vulnerabilities that aren’t detected and swiftly address any new vulnerabilities that emerge. Because it’s 6 times more expensive to fix a bug in production, it’s critical to do it right the first time.