With the world practically running on computers, software security has emerged as one of the biggest challenges of this digital age.
There is no dearth of places available when it comes to software development but not all people in the business pay close attention to software security vulnerabilities. This has become a huge cause of worry for businesses and individuals. Therefore, it becomes imperative to find developers that treat security as their religion. Software development in Lebanon is praised in the world for its agility and focus on security.
Knowledge is power when it comes to fortifying your security. In this article, we are shedding light on 6 commonly held myths in hope of debunking them and inform you better.
Myth 1 – “Compliance Equals Security”
As many people believe, compliance does not equal security! If your business possesses a PCI/SOX/SAS, don’t think you are done on the security front. Standard compliance is rarely aligned with the security of your website. Many well-known compliance standards ignore security either entirely or handle it on just the surface level. One such example would be PCI DSS – the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This standard has specific requirements for network security but it only superficially addresses application security. Many of these international standards fail to address the industry’s agreed-upon need to integrate security throughout the complete lifecycle of software development.
Myth 2 – “We haven’t had a security related issue. We are fine when it comes to security”
Just because you haven’t had a security problem, doesn’t mean you are secured on all fronts. Though lack of known security breaches is a good overall indicator, it is important to understand that not all breaches are immediately detectable. New techniques and automation have allowed hackers to go after a wide range of targets at a single time. And sooner or later, without proper security measures, you may become their target.
Myth 3 – “Our Network defenses will protect us”
Popular network defenses are run on marketing – boldly making big security claims; reality, however, is different. These network security defenses take charge of the network security on one hand, on other, they assume software is already secure and take no action for software failures (that are big points of vulnerability). On proper usage, SSL can create private tunnels between the user and a service application. This becomes a threat to the business if the employee or the user is malicious.
Myth 4 – “Security is expensive, I’ll take my chances”
A lot of individuals and new born enterprises don’t have enough funds to get the tightest security available. They give in to hopelessness and leave security altogether and take their chances, which is perhaps the most thoughtless thing to do.
Implementing security is a time consuming and not-so-easy process but there are small things that can be done over time to increase the level of security. Public resources are present that educate individuals and businesses on fortifying their security measures such as –
- SAFECode (Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code)
- Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)
- USGovt’s Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and Common Weaknesses Enumeration (CWE) forums.
Myth 5 – “Outsourced software is insecure/ or very secure”
Individuals and businesses have started outsourcing their software and code to faraway lands. Two contradicting beliefs are held by the populace on this subject – outsourced software is good, and it’s opposite. This contradiction in beliefs is the result of different experience of hiring the right person for the job. Software development in Lebanon is praised worldwide for its compliance with the latest security standards.
Myth 6 – “One penetration test will scoop out all the holes in security”
It is natural to seek out one-step solution to all the problems but security doesn’t work this way. Security requires to be implemented throughout the entire life cycle of software development to be effective.
Architecture needs to be fortified in the design stage by building threat models and applying principles like least privilege and defense. In developmental phase, source code scanners should be used. Both automated and human testing must be done in the testing phase.
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