With the exponential increase in cybersecurity incidents, software companies are placing greater emphasis on improving application security practices. Historically, security testing happened in the late stages of the development cycle. Thanks to the rise of agile and DevOps, testing efforts are intended to take place earlier in the cycle, reducing costs and increasing effectiveness. In the case of application security, SAST or static code analysis are necessary. Organizations are now relying on secure coding standards to address security at the code level and ensure it’s built in from the beginning of development.
Before you dive headfirst into coding standards, you’ll want to start by understanding the unique functions of each standard, as well as the approach to software security they’re designed to promote. Remember, software security is a software engineering issue. It begins with the initial product concept and continues throughout the lifecycle. It’s worth noting: the software development lifecycle is often far longer than you’d think. For instance, there are plenty of computers running Windows 95 today, but security patches are mostly unavailable.