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This report focuses on what should be done to improve the quality of our software and applications, and the procedures, facilities, and controls that need to be in place to help things along.


  • Despite industry-wide emphasis on best practices and particular focus being placed on how developers should incorporate secure coding into their daily development routines, the pressures to get the job done and deliver products on time continue to override security concerns.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the benefits of early/proactive security testing and the approaches that should be taken.
  • Understand why a consistent-and-always-active approach to secure software development and testing is the right way forward.

Key questions answered

  • Why is focusing on secure development throughout the software lifecycle the way forward?
  • Why, from the beginning of project, should the development team agree internal review processes that are right for the tasks ahead?

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  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Attackers are constantly on the lookout for easy-to-exploit software vulnerabilities

  • Correcting problems early saves time and money
  • Focusing on secure development throughout the software lifecycle is the way forward
  • Usability and data vulnerability issues need to be addressed
  • Known and unknown vulnerabilities need to be addressed

Adopting a security mindset is crucial in software development environments

  • Developers have to deal with the requirements of connected systems and applications
  • Security needs to be addressed at all stages of the application development lifecycle
  • Vulnerabilities need to be addressed for in-house and third-party code
  • A constant review process is needed for new and legacy projects
  • Security tools that focus on fixing and hardening code are readily available

Delivering the right checks and balances is crucial

  • There are major business benefits from adopting a secure and proactive approach to systems development


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