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The Key To Embedded Compliance And Security

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Compliance and security are integral aspects of software development. Here's how ASD embeds both in the development process.
Written by
Jonathan Mitchell
Published on
April 12, 2024

The hope is that any software product created has the security features and technology to create an impregnable fortress. Cybercriminals are as innovative as security experts. That's why proper esteem must be given to this issue. However, making such a powerful system is difficult, costly, and requires expertise. Often, security takes a back seat as cost and speed overwhelm previously given timelines. This type of trivialization leads to significant data breaches and security issues. Those types of catastrophic events can carry legal and financial repercussions. So, what's the best approach if you're mounting a defense? Is there a way to focus on security in a way that doesn't sacrifice efficiency? Accelerated software development (ASD) might be the answer. Don't let the "name" fool you.

How Does ASD Impact Security And Compliance?

ASD is a people+tech approach that enables software development teams to create and deliver software applications quickly and efficiently. It leverages tools, technologies, and best practices to streamline the development process. The increased efficiency accelerates the time-to-market for software products.

One of the critical benefits of accelerated software development is the integration of security measures and compliance considerations into the development process from the day one. It is embedded into the foundation, the architecture of the platform. Developers can identify and address potential security and compliance issues early on. No more last-minute fixes. That'll reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming fixes down the road. In short, secure coding practices are at the core of ASD and not an after thought.

This approach enables developers to create more secure and compliant software faster. Developers can identify and address security vulnerabilities and compliance issues efficiently. This enables for faster development cycles while maintaining a high level of security. The previous precedent of security taking a backseat is no longer necessary. Speed, quality, and security are not mutually exclusive attributes. Instead, they become an easily attainable reality for software development organizations.

Stay Agile, Ensure Security

Accelerated software development also enables more frequent updates and releases, which is critical for staying ahead of potential security risks and maintaining compliance with changing regulations. Continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) shine here. With traditional software development practices, updates, and new releases often take a long time to develop and test. The languid pacing often leads to security and compliance gaps. ASD enables for rapid updates and releases without sacrificing security or compliance.

Furthermore, accelerated software development enables software developers to work collaboratively with security and compliance teams to ensure that the software is secure and compliant from the start. This collaboration ensures that security and compliance requirements are integrated into the development process and helps to identify potential issues early on.

The hope is to get everything right the first time. You don't want to have to go back and forth between releasing a product and then fixing all of its issues. Instead, get a polished product quickly while minimizing bugs and defects. The inclusion of integrated security features makes the software secure and functional. Win-win.

Automation Adds Efficiency To The Defense

Accelerated software development also enables developers to use security testing tools that automatically identify security vulnerabilities and compliance issues. This reduces the need for manual testing. Doing things by hand can be time-consuming and error-prone. Automation can help ensure that the software is secure and compliant.

Now, depending on the firm's platform, expertise, and budget, automation may not be a valid option. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are valuable resources. Still, projects utilizing that require specific experience and expertise. Not to mention the finances needed to fund the usage of such modern technology. That being said, if you can make the most of automation, it can significantly impact the platform's security. See what is available and how it aligns with your organization's needs and goals. If you can swing it, you might as well see just how beneficial automation can be when enabling efficient implementation of security features.

Walk The Fine Line

Accelerated software development is a powerful methodology for creating secure and compliant software. There are several steps to take. Incorporate security and compliance considerations into the development process from the outset. Use automated testing and continuous integration and deployment. Work collaboratively with security and compliance teams. And lastly, use agile methodologies. This process enables developers to create software that is secure and compliant. At the same time, the demands of today's fast-paced software development environment are met. This isn't a one-stop shop, and everyone's situation will look different. But, the priority shouldn't shift. It is possible to efficiently develop a product without sacrificing security. Don't let people tell you otherwise.

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