The software behind today’s cyberattacks

Insecure software security has a greater impact as software is increasingly integrated into crucial infrastructures including transportation, healthcare, and personal devices. Cybercriminals are constantly scouring systems looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. Software that is not properly secured can be used to carry out fraud, data breaches and other malicious actions.

The key to securing software is to prevent attacks before they happen. This requires a mix of practices, including patching software and keeping it up to date. This also implies having an encrypting architecture and best practices for programming like encryption, data validation and programming languages that are able to safely manage memory allocations.

There are a variety of commercially available solutions (COTS) that can help you ensure your system is secure. If you’re developing software or are part of an DevOps group, it is important to integrate security into the process of development so that it’s part of your application from the start. This will reduce the amount of effort required to fix problems in production.

The benefits of designing software security far outweigh any costs. By implementing best practice frameworks and employing methodologies that incorporate security into the design software developers can drastically reduce the number of bugs that make it to production, reduce the impact of undetected or unaddressed flaws, and promptly address new vulnerabilities as they are discovered. It costs 6x more to fix a manufacturing flaw which is why it’s vital to be able to fix it correctly the first time.

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