Software Vulnerabilities and Business Risk

For developers working with systems exposed to the internet, it’s difficult to avoid the influence that information security has on day to day work. Perhaps a recent penetration test by a third party has highlighted vulnerabilities that need addressing, or maybe the system has already suffered a security breach. There might be a requirement to demonstrate that the system is compliant with a particular security standard. Its also possible that the development team belongs to an enlightened organisation that understands why their software products need to be secure, and have measures in place within their development process to prevent and detect security vulnerabilities.

Conversely, if a system is designed to sit in apparent safety behind a firewall, or on a separate internal network segment, or has no direct access to sensitive data, it’s not straightforward from a developer’s point of view to see how – or why – a system might be attacked.

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