By Rahul Sharma, Tech-Team Leader, Path Infotech

“Security is vital to every business, especially for software development companies,
due to the sensitive and personal information we need to protect our processes against security breaches.”

As per current statistics of data breaches and cyber-attacks that demonstrate compromised applications impacting an organization. Once application risk equates to organizational business risk, it should be prioritized and managed proactively with proper manner. Cost of a data breach can run well into the millions and only few can pay.

To handle risk and remove friction from your organization’s digital transformation initiatives, software security awareness and practices must “shift everywhere with in the whole process.”

This means security must move from beginning to end of development process which integrated into every stage of SDLC process.

Process of Secure Systems Development Life Cycle

Requirement & Analysis –

  • Security Planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Security specification
  • Security control

Design –

  • Secure Architecture – Thread Modelling
  • Security Engineering
  • Process Documentation

Construction –

  • Security Authorization Plan
  • Review Board
  • Secure coding Standards and practices and Trainings

Testing –

  • Internal Security test (Dynamic Scanning)
  • Access System Security
  • Verify Fix
  • Penetration Testing (VA-PT Testing)
  • Regression Testing
  • Training

Deployment –

  • VA-PT Secure Deployment
  • Security Authorization

Support –

  • Security Assessment
  • Security Monitoring
  • Change Management

Disposal –

  • Security Assessment
  • Archival
  • Sanitize data
  • Disposal
  • System Closure

Why do we need Secure Software Development?

  • Higher security- Continuous monitoring for better application quality and mitigation of business risks.

  • Cost reduction- Secure Software Development focuses early attention on flaws, substantially reducing the effort required to detect and fix them.

  • Regulatory compliance – Encourages a cautious approach to security-related laws and regulations. Avoiding them may result in fines and penalties.

  • Protection from external attacks- – If there is any process of transaction and users’ personal data, the security of an application is equally important with the growth of technology.

  • Saves Time- Do not forget to run security testing in order before delivering secured software, so if any errors come during production, it will save our time to do testing from the start.

How Path Infotech works with Secure development practices –

In Path Infotech we secured our development process involving and integrating security testing and other activities into an existing development process.

Educate teams and functions

  • Creating secure coding guidelines
  • Provide trained developers with security awareness and secure coding

Maintaining a growth mindset
Maintaining a growth mindset is very important in any organization. We Path provides you with a security team who has the mindset of empowering developers to secure their own applications.

Tie implementation to other initiatives
For develop well secured applications, we welcome and integrate other existing secure architectures practices and upgrade development strategies.

Tackle the big problems first
We are not just preventing security risks from making it into production but also making sure that current vulnerabilities are prioritized and fixed on time.