4 Ways to Secure your Code to Next Level

Writing super secure code for your program is no longer an optional thing.

It’s no longer an option to test the security of your application on the last minute, those days are gone. If you really care about the application that you are making you need to make sure that the security of that application is top notch.

With the implementation of secure coding practices, your organization will find it much easier to understand the risk and threats that you deal with and will also learn the best ways to prevent the issues in the future.

Securing By Design

Nowadays the application vulnerabilities are understood when the hackers or malicious user start to exploit the bugs that help them in stealing, changing or deleting the data. These attackers use vulnerabilities like SQL injections and cross-site scripting. Which are very simple to fix but somehow these attackers manage to the wreck havoc in a software.

The only solution to secure your application when it’s in design mode. doing that will not only save you the time but the damage that can be done at a later stage.

How:
While the application is in the design phase, make sure that the standard security policies are implemented within the application architecture.

Make sure that the source code analysis is done throughout the SDLC so that any vulnerability can be detected and fixed as soon as they are written in code.

Keep Your Code Security Simple

Making things complex makes people ignore them most of the times and that’s exactly what happens when you make your security so complex. The developers ignore it. In order to make sure that your application is secure make your security settings easy that they can’t be ignored. If you are using different tools to make sure that your security is high. Your security is more likely to fail. As the developers will simply ignore using that much tools. Try to make the process as simple as you can for everyone who is involved in the development. “The simpler, the better”

How:

Reuse the trusted components.
Avoid using the complex architectures.
Make your approach more centralized.
Try to integrate the security tools that your developers are already familiar with.

Defense in Depth

While we are making security as simple as it can be, we need to make sure that we practice “defense in depth”. The very basic principle of defense in depth is all about making layers of the defensive system by defense tools to minimize the number of loopholes in our application.

The very idea behind the defense in depth is that if one security layer fails to stop the attack the next layer will get them and will prevent the system to be breached.

How:

Make sure to find the best of SAST, DAST, RASP, and ISAT for your application and make sure they’re integrated directly into the SDLC.

Make sure that the Administrative Interface doesn’t have any data leakage points and doesn’t allow any unauthorized access to non-admins.

Always use the secure development techniques within the secure runtime environment.

Least Privilege

The access within the application needs to be very careful when designing each account. Make sure to give the least amount of privileges as per their needs.

Just consider any application that offers their first-time users with a default password for the login session. To make it difficult for the attackers to make sure that each time you offer a password it’s different and complex and should only work one time.

How:

Create a simple data classification system to help designate appropriate privilege to users.

Always perform the access control validation to ensure that the users are authorized for that task, Along with that terminate the sessions that don’t pass the authorization check.

Centralize the above routines to that any errors or vulnerabilities can be fixed application wide.


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