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Application security throughout the SDLC

What methods will make my applications more secure?

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Ideally, for any application, security is a process that is incorporated throughout the application's development life cycle. Security checks throughout the life cycle should include:

  1. A risk profile to determine the risk of an application to the organization.
  2. Defining specific security requirements to use throughout the project.
  3. A security design review
  4. A security code review
  5. A proper security test plan
  6. A penetration test.

By implementing these security measures, you will produce a much more secure application in the long run, at a much lower cost than trying to add security onto an application at the end.

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This was first published in September 2006

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