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5 essential elements of a successful software security initiative

Every organization that develops or integrates software needs a software security initiative—a blend of people, processes and tools that ensure applications and the data they process are secure. As customers, regulators, executives and boards of directors start asking for evidence of a formal approach to software security, organizations are trying to determine where to start, how to construct a viable initiative, and what people, processes and technologies they will require.

Fortunately, there are innovative ways to rapidly establish a functional and scalable software security initiative that results in secure, higher-quality software at a significantly lower cost and level of effort.

The key is to plan and implement the initiative in stages, focusing on highest risks first, while building in the flexibility to scale and adapt the initiative to address your evolving technical and compliance requirements. When effectively implemented, a software security initiative results in:

  • Executives understanding its value and impact
  • A software security group able to govern
  • Engineering teams integrated into the development processes
  • Internal and external stakeholder acceptance of the initiative as compliant with their risk tolerance
  • An idea of good software security practices

The pressure to implement a more focused and holistic initiative around software security is coming from many directions—from customers and senior executives to regulatory agencies and the companies in your software supply chain. For all these stakeholders, accepting the risks of insecure software is no longer an option. Piecemeal products and services will not reliably improve your security posture; the cost-effective solution is a software security program that integrates all the individual policies, tools and processes.

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