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Explaining software security responsibilities to the staff, QA department and management

One of the largest problems in software security is choosing to look the other way. Even with multiple regulation departments, many managers choose to look the other way on security issues, what can be done?

Management is ignoring potential security issues in our Web environment. What can our development and QA staff do, to get them to take security seriously?

You've hit one of the greatest barriers to application security success: Ignorance. Even with all the government and industry regulations mandating reasonable security controls many managers continue to ignore the issue. You're on the right track because the people running your business are the only ones that can truly fix this issue long term.

What you have to do is show them how the general risks and specific vulnerabilities impact the business. Get on their side. Go to business meetings and put things in terms of them and the business. Beyond that, show how improvements in your code are being made and how periodic security assessments are paying off. Perhaps most importantly -- never stop. Application security is an ongoing thing that'll never go away. Don't feed them fear but rather persistent education regarding what they're up against. They'll eventually come around.

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This was first published in April 2010

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