What Is Software Security & How Important Is It?

Software security simply means that software will continue to perform correctly even when it is under attack by various external factors. In some instances, a company may not have a dedicated team of people who only work on security. They may have a “security team,” they may have to go outside of the company to hire someone to come in and take care of issues, or they may assign employees a variety of jobs which could include implementing security measures.

Security Is A Necessity

Software security is a necessity in today’s world. If a company has horrible security, no one will ever purchase their brand of software. There are always new mandates, and if those aren’t an issue, you can be certain that there will be a few disgruntled customers who demand that the company in question deliver on their security claims. 

For the most part, security breaches have become quieter, mostly because the common breach types have been effectively handled. 

Ineffective software security can also cost a massive amount of money in the event that it allows a breach to happen. If major companies are prone to being hacked, it becomes arguably much easier to hack those that do not have access to the resources to back their security protocols.

Money & Risk

In a perfect world, budgets are limitless and premium security solutions are available to everyone. However, since budgets are limited, most companies have to decide how much coverage they need. 

Automated tools help minimize risk while offering great security solutions. They do this because such automated tools allow for less human interaction. Less human interaction saves the company money. The best security is the one that is not noticed. If it is not noticeable, then it is doing its job especially when there are no breaches.

Validation Of Data

By ensuring that sensitive data is validated, there’s little room for a hacker to place malicious code within a software. 

Oftentimes, software security products can create validation libraries so that their computers are able to access information in a centralized location. In some cases, software security companies are able to implement specific language to be certain that all data is valid. 

One proactive way organizations can prevent malicious acts like phishing attempts is by ensuring employees recognize such attempts when they occur, via phishing simulation and training. Such attempts are usually carried out to obtain sensitive information such as passwords, credit card information, usernames etc. from unsuspecting users. There are things you can do to prevent such attacks from happening by insisting employees are trained or get more information on phishing.

Identify Sensitive Data

The easiest way to protect important information is to be able to recognize and define what “important information” means. This can depend on such things as company policy or user expectations. 

What this means is that most companies define what is considered sensitive data per one of their policies. Users of software security programs do not waste any time in calling these security companies and asking questions, which defines the second way that a major company is held to a higher regard in terms of software security.

ROI

ROI can be defined as anything that is earned as a return on an investment. If a software program is thought of as an investment, and everyone uses this software, then the returns will be huge. However, if the return on investment is much smaller, then the amount of security available will also be less. 

SDL

SDL for Agile is one way that Microsoft has been able to incorporate major security upgrades. This simply makes it much more difficult for any hacker or virus to get through the system. A company simply receives information and begins to work towards different ways in which a virus can be prevented from infiltrating their software system.

Security Verification

There are three different data classification levels that need to be addressed before any major information is given out within an application. Such verification includes Level One, Level Two and Level Three.

Level one is simply the different actions that all applications use. Level two incorporates all applications that involve assets. This includes applications that may handle finances. Level three includes medical information, high-level intellectual property information and extremely sensitive financial information. This last level is the one that requires the highest form of software security.

All of these various security precautions should be understood and implemented on a daily basis. It should be understood that there are three very different levels of security. The first level is the easiest to take care of. The second level is much more important in terms of data. Level three is the one where the types of data cannot be leaked under any circumstances. 

There are several different types of software security as well. Prevention protocols and data validation is of utter importance.

AUTHOR’S BIO

Sophie Ross is a marketing specialist at Security Gladiators. A writer by day and a reader by night, she is specialized in tech and cybersecurity. When she is not behind the screen, Sophie can be found playing with her dog.