The Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) is a structured process which enables high-quality software development, at a low cost, in the shortest possible time. Secure SDLC (SSDLC) integrates security into the process, resulting in the security requirements being gathered alongside functional requirements, risk analysis being undertaken during the design phase, and security testing happening in parallel with development, for example.
Secure SDLC processes dovetails with DevSecOps, and works in all delivery models from the traditional waterfall and iterative, to the increased speed and frequency of agile and CI/CD.
Secure Software Development Lifecycle brings security and testing into each development stage:
Operations: This utilizes automated tooling to monitor live systems and services, making staff more available to address any zero-day threats that may emerge.
Secure Software Development Lifecycle seeks to make security everybody’s responsibility, enabling software development that is secure from its inception. Put simply, Secure SDLC is important because software security and integrity are important. It reduces the risk of security vulnerabilities in your software products in production, as well as minimizing their impact should they be found.
Gone are the days of releasing software into production and fixing bugs as they are reported. Secure Software Development Lifecycle puts security front and center, which is all the more important with publicly available source code repositories, cloud workloads, containerization, and multi-supplier management chains. Secure SDLC provides a standard framework to define responsibilities, increasing visibility and improving the quality of planning and tracking and reducing risk.
As Secure Software Development Lifecycle integrates security tightly into all phases of the lifecycle there are benefits throughout the lifecycle, making security everybody’s responsibility and enabling software development that is secure from its inception. Some of the biggest benefits are as follows:
Now that we’ve established that securing your SDLC is a good move, let’s look at how to go about it.
A properly implemented SSDLC will result in comprehensive security, high quality products, and effective collaboration between teams.
Developer security represents shift-left taken to its ultimate conclusion, providing security tools and training to your development staff, enabling security scanning, test, and remediation from a developer integrated development environment (IDE). Equipping developers with the tools to recognize and remediate OWASP vulnerabilities and prevent malicious entry, results in applications that are built with security in mind and protect against data breach.
This is particularly helpful for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) regulatory compliance, which requires that processes exist to ensure developers code securely.
One of the most significant risks during the Software Development Lifecycle is credential leakage. With cloud computing and publicly accessible source code repositories, A hard coded set of credentials used to save time, or a manual code review that failed to identify an exposed secret could be embarrassing at best. It is all too often extremely costly.
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