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Friday, November 15, 2013 With the increasing number of breaches in security with respect to credit card, mobile etc it is becoming imperative that we do all that we can to safeguard our property. So is the case with software developers.

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As cited on cio.com, here are 10 things they can do to keep their codes secure -

1. Testing inputs rigorously - Attackers require a path into your machines, and the easiest path is via the doors your code opens. In the event that your software derives input from the Internet, you are likely to have something come past you. You must ensure to test the size and structure of the incoming data and never rely on the person on the other end of the Internet.

2. Storing only what you require, and not a bit more – You must rethink regarding where to store your home or business addresses for sending emails. This time up a lot of time to process as well as disk space and makes an attractive target for information thieves. Whenever in doubt you must make the forms shorter and the database tables smaller.

3. Avoid over- reliance on passwords - Everyone is aware of the issue with passwords with no one having a better solution. You can add security by using special hardware that locks up cryptographic keys. They may be costly but easier to lose than a cellphone.

4. Negotiating requirements – Making secure code is not just something that happens in the code editor. A feature may be great but it may induce you to take stock of extra sensitive information and increase the level of security required everywhere. The apt time for securing your code against future breaches is when the requirements document is still flexible.

5. Adding delays to your code -Many attacks rely on sending millions of queries while others on trying trillions of passwords till the right one is found. You must add progressively more delays to confound these bots. You need to have your software to be fast enough to support the right humans but very slow for attacking bots to accomplish much.

6. Using encryption more frequently than you should -Encryption is often underutilized as it adds yet another step to the machinery and makes debugging that much harder. You must lock up personal data before storing it in the database to save you from a lot of worries.

7. Constructing walls – User friendliness should not lead to linking everything to a single portal. There is no simple way to decide how simple it should be for a user to navigate through the system and get what they want with a click. The easier it is for the legitimate user, the easier it is for the attackers.

8. Testing libraries -- Encryption is difficult to perfect and even the best theory and carefully built code can come with gaps. It is important to have well-tested libraries in this area than others. You must opt for a better code here and not inventing your own algorithms.

9. Using internal APIs - APIs is an old more valuable for security as it can make it simpler to audit interactions, find holes, and fix problems. It is logical to make internal sub-modules and the same idea applies inside of modules as well. Parts are easy to analyze.

10. Bringing outside auditors to critique your code - If an enterprise invests in a well-designed base, it should also invest in code audits that can identify flaws and give suggestions for improving the code.




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