Development security standards

Set standards for developers to write better, secure code. Establish a strategy for best practices and the existing enterprise security requirements.

Define and plan for security.

During planning, standards should be defined and followed per the whole development time and cycle to decrease or fully mitigate risks.

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Avoid causing irreparable damage to the enterprise’s reputation stemming from insufficient security measures.

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Take time to factor set standards to increase development quality and prevent increasing expenses drastically.

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Prevent a security issues impacting users or clients by having the secure best practices and standards in place.

Set standards to keep data safe.

A security plan is as important as any other strategy or agreement. Questions should be raised as to what standards should be followed. What are risks should the company overlook security during the development process? Security should be applied in all stages of projects: planning, developing, and testing.

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Plan upfront.

Security during the planning stages decreases potential massive expenses and risks in the future as data leaks. Focusing on security planning preserves the good reputation of the application and the company resulting from no security breaches and decreased code refactoring. Factor security into the application and the server-side (i.e., network configuration, cipher). From Sprint 0, establish requirements and how to integrate them into the existing security ecosystem. Observe different categories in the context of product architecture design (e.g., input validation, output encoding, session management, file management).

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Follow standards.

Forging strong standards can be challenging due to the huge range of different architectures and advancing technologies. Enter OWASP standards. These standards help developers write better and more secure code. Three of the top issues noted by OWASP are the risk of injection, broken authentication, and sensitive data exposure. As such, implementing authentication without following standards will most likely cause a flaw that will allow attackers to breach the application.

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Treat security as a process.

Security testing should be done periodically to make sure all works as expected from a security standpoint, so the application will be stable and will not be impacted by SQL Injections, Cross-Site Scripting, or broken authentication/authorization. For these purposes, establish manual and automated processes to be run as part of the regular workflows. Automate processes using SAST and DAST (Static and Dynamic Security Analysis) and offer general security training.

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