cybersecurity, Digital, Tech

Automating Security In Building Software (Part 1)

Like Marc Andreessen once said, software is still eating the world, with most modern organizations now relying on software. Unfortunately, with the rise in technology adoption, there are increasing cyber-attacks. With modern software development practices, we can increase the security of our software and our technology operations through employing security through automation. Making software security a major concern in the deployment process.

The journey from concept to deployment isn’t just about making sure that your product delivers on promises, but also identifying any vulnerabilities along the way so you can improve security in those areas and reduce risk for both consumers of yours as well as yourself when it comes to defending against attacks later down the line.

Therefore, to overlook security measures in today’s market is irresponsible and has the potential to significantly harm an organization’s activity as each line of code you write makes you more vulnerable to attackers.  The rate at which technology advancements are coming is faster than ever before. This means that industries and teams as well will have to evolve their security capabilities as they adopt what’s new – but how can you be sure your company isn’t next to be targeted for a cyber-attack?

In addition, insecure software was responsible for 82% of financial breaches in 2015 and has been one of the leading causes of breaches for the past couple of years. However, in 2022, it is finally time to leave this ratio behind and adopt security-oriented culture and practices.

How to do that? – Embedding security into your software development lifecycle by automating all processes and aligning them to your existing practices is vital. Moreover, adopting a culture of security from the very early stages of the product/service is also crucial. These new practices allow you to build solutions safely, speed up the deployment process and help you gain a competitive advantage.

Why automate software deployment

Traditional software security involves a lot of paperwork and separation of duties, slowing down the deployment process in an era in which companies must respond quickly to market changes. Therefore, to remain secure while staying relevant in the market, organizations must adopt a culture of automation that allows them to speed up the processes and obtain a competitive advantage as well as higher security.

Make it faster

Most of the time, to have better control and feel more confident about software development, we slow down the process as we perform changes to avoid security risks. While changes are essential in delivering secure software, adopting automation makes the implementation of these changes faster. Hence, through frequent small changes, we can catch the failures upfront and keep the process running smoothly and at a quicker pace. Moreover, automation also increases the speed of features going into production, thus providing a big advantage and increasing sales.

Gain competitive advantage

In the current business landscape, companies need to be good at making fast changes while delivering high-end technology. Hence, automation is the key as it reduces the risks without slowing down the deployment process and allows faster delivery on the market, consequently bringing competitive advantage. Not only that, but automation also facilitates better communication within a company’s different departments, as well as empowering teams to be more independent and efficient. It eliminates potential stalls in development, sets the right layout for innovation, and allows companies to surpass their competitors.

Allow higher security

From product inception to sunset, security must be considered through every phase of the development lifecycle. All employees have a role in cybersecurity and, just as with customer safety and satisfaction, it must be ingrained in the company culture for best results. Therefore, automation helps implement security at all levels and provides better monitoring. Furthermore, automating every step of the way when you deploy software also allows you to have a record of all the steps in the process and provides stronger control.

Still not convinced about implementing automation in your company? Reach out to us and we can further discuss the advantages of automation to software security as well as how your company can benefit from it. Interested in  finding out how to successfully implement automation in your organization? Jump to the second part of this article.

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