How do you transition from traditional software security to agile security? Learn how to integrate security into your agile development process.
You can build security into your waterfall software development life cycle (SDLC) when you have days or weeks to dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Don’t have time for that? Well then, agile is the fastest way to add add security to your SDLC.
What do you do when you’re engineering at high speeds? How do you transform your processes to fit your fancy new agile lifestyle? The following sections offer a glimpse into how to add security to your agile development process and how to determine the best way to add them.
Agile and traditional security use the same security activities. An agile application security approach doesn’t change the touchpoints, because changing the speed of development doesn’t change the types of security bugs or flaws you introduce. Continue using the security fundamentals your business is accustomed to:
The implementation of security steps differs between traditional and agile security. Agile processes aren’t special snowflakes. They just make process inefficiencies more obvious than their waterfall counterparts. Here are a few examples of how:
Your secure SDLC needs to be as “incremental” as your SDLC. However fast you release, your software security risk indicators must fire at the same speed. You don’t need to do security testing every minute, but you need to know whether your code has changed enough each minute to merit a security test. Your risk indicators will set the threshold for when the codebase has changed enough to require software security activities. Some examples of risk indicators:
The best kind of security is the kind that fits your business style. Here are a few ways you can start implementing agile security into your business:
When adding security steps to your agile process:
As you start to shift the discussion from “what” to “how,” you can think about how to draw from your current security SDLC to add security steps to your people, process, and technology for agile development.
Nearly 20 years after the Agile Manifesto was released, similar inefficiencies still plague application security efforts in software development. Security is often seen as something separate from—and external to—software development. It’s time to change the approach to building secure software using the agile methodology.
To build secure software in an agile environment, it’s essential to focus on four principles. These principles are patterned after those in the original Agile Manifesto: While we value the things on the right, we must value the things on the left more.
The goal of the Agile Security Manifesto is to guide you as you develop of new activities and adjust existing activities to make the switch to agile security. The four principles it describes are meant to inspire you to build secure software in an agile way:
Learn how adding these principles to your own agile process can help you integrate critical security measures in a natural, efficient way.