It’s difficult to develop secure software, but it’s essential to protect the data and operations of businesses. New Relic recently hosted a Twitter Space with Harry Kimpel from Snyk and Frank Dornberger from movingimage to discuss ways software engineers can create an attitude of security that will produce reliable, production-ready applications.
In the course of this discussion, we discovered 8 ways to help developers create safer apps and develop a security-conscious mindset. These suggestions are based on of the conversation as well as other research on how to make your company’s software as secure as is possible.
Make sure your employees are aware of how to recognize and close security loopholes in their code. Through training, you can teach them safe coding techniques and how to guard themselves from common attacks such as phishing. Create regular, cross-functional meetings to introduce new threats and vulnerabilities to your team. This will also give your developers the chance to work together with other teams affected by the same vulnerabilities.
Set up a knowledge repository and documentation of your company’s security policies. This will provide your employees with a reference when they’re writing code and ensure that everyone is aware of the rules.
Be aware of the security implications when using third-party libraries or components within your applications. If they’re not regularly updated hackers may be capable of exploiting security vulnerabilities. Make use of a tool that scans for dependencies and libraries in your source code to identify any issues.