Security is an undeniable necessity for the survival and success of any company. COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation initiatives across all industries and this shift placed significant pressure on developers to push software to market at unprecedented speed. However, more development cycles also mean more opportunity to introduce vulnerabilities into the code base and higher likelihood of those vulnerabilities making it into production – ultimately increasing the likelihood of cyberattacks.
Digital business mindset
While developing a seamless and successful digital mindset with a security strategy is not a simple task, the effort is crucial for the health of a company. Unfortunately, security tools haven’t always gotten the best rep with developers, who feared the tools would slow them down, reflect poorly on their work, or even cost them their job if something were to go wrong. For example, static application security tools (SAST) often yield false positives requiring significant resources to remediate.
Since remediation advice is often generic, in some cases, developers wind up spending an extensive amount of time reading through lengthy documentation to understand the right fix. So how can organizations create a security-first culture despite these barriers?
Support your developers so they can support you
To determine a strategy, organizations must assess their development teams’ needs, preferences, workload and the programming languages they use. To help development teams write more secure code, companies must take measure of developers’ existing security knowledge and workflows, as well as understand how security impacts their end users.