Building Security into Your Software Development Lifecycle

Software is becoming embedded in nearly every device from power grids to automobiles to medical devices.  With the proliferation of software, firms may suffer businesses disruption and negative publicity if they failed to manage risks posed by insecure code practices.

To develop more robust, secure applications, companies are now adopting secure development lifecycle initiatives where security defects are treated like software defects and managed as part of the development process.  Indeed the distinction between security and quality can sometimes be a subtle one; the bug that manifests as a system failure today could be exploited by an attacker tomorrow.   As a result, companies are finding that the benefits of fewer security incidents, faster time to remediate, and earlier visibility into areas of risk far outweigh the costs of implementing these initiatives.

This white paper outlines a practical approach to implementing secure practices into the software development lifecycle.