June 9, 2017

The Economics of Software Security: What Car Makers Can Teach Enterprises

Now back to software security. When it comes to embedding software security controls in the software development lifecycle, we may have to stop the car assembly line and incur some up-front cost in terms of changing the way we build software, but over time this cost will be properly amortized into the total cost of development. 

Consider that there are two types of security controls available: controls that prevent defects before release and controls that detect defects after release. A good example of a preventive control is secure code review with an automated tool that helps to identify bugs in the source code well before software ships or is put into production. Detective controls identify defects as well, but only after release.

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