Making secure software is a challenge but it’s vital for securing data and operations. New Relic recently hosted a Twitter Space with Harry Kimpel from Snyk and Frank Dornberger from movingimage to discuss how software engineers can develop a security mindset that will ensure that their applications are reliable and ready for production.
In the course of this discussion, we came up with 8 tips to help developers create more secure apps and develop a security-focused mindset. These tips are a result of that conversation as well as additional research on how to make your company’s software as secure as it can be.
Make sure your employees know how to find and close security loopholes in their code. With training, teach them safe ways to code and how to safeguard themselves against common attacks, such as phishing. Create regular, cross-functional meetings to present new threats and vulnerabilities to your team. This will allow your developers the chance to collaborate with other teams who are facing similar issues.
Set up a knowledge repository and a document of your company’s security policies. This will provide your employees with a reference when they’re writing code and will ensure that everyone is aware of the rules.
Think about the security implications of third-party libraries and components you employ in your applications. If they’re not updated regularly hackers may be in a position to exploit security weaknesses. Use a tool to check for dependencies such as libraries and other dependencies in your source code to help detect any vulnerabilities.