5 Ways to Create a Secure Software Development Life Cycle (sSDLC)

Enterprise level software needs a tightly bound software development life cycle (SDLC) to ensure deployed applications follow business requirements and stay bug-free. In the Hollywood blockbuster version of this high-stakes process, that secure SDLC would require exactly five things: lasers, a group of witty nerds, a security program that features fast moving green type on a black screen, a large digital clock and Jason Statham. Unfortunately, securing an SLDC isn’t so simple in real life. Standard SDLC guidelines often don’t include all-important security, and this oversight can leave the resultant software vulnerable to a variety of common attacks. Like in the Hollywood version, however, these costly data breaches and devastating cyber-attacks can be combatted with five things. Keep reading to find out the details on SDLCs and the ways to ensure your organization’s software is secure.

Building software requires structure

Smaller individual apps can be built without needing much structure and it all tends to go fine. But once any application graduates from a simple app to enterprise level and the words project management enter the picture, it’s going to require structure in its development. This need for organization through the various stages of development is what gave rise to the standard SLDC template. The basic steps are:
  1. Requirements: gather the requirements that define the way an application will function
  2. Design: design the application and a functional user experience and layout
  3. Coding: use the requirements to then code the application’s functionality
  4. Testing: test the application for any bugs
  5. Deployment: push the application from development or staging to the production server
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