Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:25

How to Secure Today’s Software Featured

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Take a look around you, doesn’t almost everything need software? From mobile banking to taxi-hailing- not forgetting those who accessed this article via social media. But have we ever thought about what developers and entrepreneurs alike go through to protect their source codes and intellectual property (IP)? Particularly now that foreign governments will only let you trade in their countries if you give them access to your software’s fundamental source of value? Technology vendors are increasingly alarmed by these state inspections that pose future severe threats of hacking and IP theft. There is a genuine need to reemphasize our security protections and adopt strategies that will minimize exposure to vulnerabilities. 

Security protections like end-to-end encryption and layered security technique meant to improve the securing of networks and endpoint(s) are very important. What’s more, users should liaise with vendors to promptly update their software and adopt security solutions as they suffice. One can also enhance security through the management of access and identity, ensuring that intrusion by adversaries is mitigated. Furthermore, open source models are preferred over their closed counterparts since it is much easier to spot and fix security threats on their platforms and products. 

Additionally, as companies explore new foreign markets, to limit the exploitation of their source code, customized offerings can be used to increase security capabilities. The technology vendors are free to introduce intrusion detection systems or revoke access to features that make the software vulnerable to attacks. Customization could also mean that the software’s updates are safe and its integrity ensured. 

Another approaching to keeping software secure is aligning security with the company’s engineering culture. Security should not be a hindrance to the company’s creativity and momentum but instead a unified aspect of the engineering activity. With this in place, the ability to build secure software is guaranteed, and productivity will not be lost because someone forgot to include a critical security component. 

The long list of 2017’s significant hacks that even included the CIA left everyone wondering if anyone is safe anymore. Due to statistics like these, companies such as Netflix operate under the assumption that they will be hacked one day or their continued growth might degrade their security. To further boost their security and protection, therefore, they perform experiments that test their software’s ability to survive an attack in the worst case scenario. 

Finally, as we invest in software security, we should acknowledge the need for an appropriate balance between control and speed. Some companies have release schedules that require rapid development to satisfy. However, this is not an excuse to remove security from the software development lifecycle since a stable security foundation is vital for the development team or else anything they build will fall like a house of cards. 





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