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8 ways to integrate security solutions into software products

It’s a fact that some people make a living by cracking software and various computing products. Others do it for entertainment purpose, such as jailbreaking iOS and rooting Android devices. It’s no secret that these people are resourceful and it’s fairly easy for them to modify software based on their purposes. Technology specialists and system administrators should perform tests regularly to find weak points in the system. Here are things to consider when placing security solutions into a product:

Focus on goals

Your goal is to protect the product against external intrusions and you shouldn’t forget what you are protecting. Without context, security process will become only a set of checkboxes. Things will fail, if you don’t have insight and visibility for your goals. You need to be focused on how to fix things and do everything right.

Remember that security control only extends at your door

Once the product is released into the distribution channel and eventually reach customers, you will no longer be in control. Security measures could fail suddenly if you ignore this fact. Make sure that your security solutions will be applicable everywhere.

Keep it user friendly

You design the product for users and make sure that it’s easy to use. Unfortunately, ease of use is often associated with reduced security. When something is easy to use, then it will be easier for people to make intrusion. It is tricky to find a balance between ease of use and strong security. Compromises often need to be made, because both security and ease of use must be high on the list.

Build security from scratch

If possible, you should build security solutions from scratch. Security isn’t a product, it’s an ongoing process, which needs to be improved regularly. There should be continuous development in security efforts. You shouldn’t buy security solutions, you should build them from the ground up.

Monitor early adopters

When the software product is released to the market for the first time, it’s actually still early in the development process.  Early users usually have limited knowledge about the product, so it’s a good opportunity to monitor usability and security.

Validate using 3rd party library components

Many start-ups rely on third party library components to be more agile in software development. Security protocols need to be validated. For open source software, security validation usually uses threat modelling.

Make a list of worst-case scenarios and address them

This is an often-overlooked security procedure. Developers need to be aware of worst-case scenarios that can happen to their software. Modern security should rely on multilayer defences, instead of static solutions that are designed only for pre-determined threats. Not all network systems have strong prevention and detection mechanism. Software that’s prepared for worst-case scenarios should be able to effectively address most, if not all security vulnerabilities.

Prepare knowledge database

Developer shouldn’t forget what they already know. Most development studios have fairly high turnover rate, so knowledge needs to be passed to new staff. Less experienced employees may not fully understand about the likely problems that could affect the software. When issues appear, even the most experienced can refer back to the knowledge base to find past solutions that may still work today.

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