Easily train developers on secure coding best practices

New threats and cybersecurity risks are being developed and conceived of every day. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, companies look to their developers as a first line of defense when it comes to application security. Without proper security, hackers can easily access applications and steal private data—putting your customers and business at risk.

Large corporations invest millions of dollars to keep their organization secure and safe from potential threats. Unfortunately, investing time and money has little impact if developers don’t understand their role in the security plan and don’t have the knowledge to act out the plan in place.

Gaining skills through training

More often than not, developers aren’t always thinking about security when coding an application. This lack of focus poses risks and creates the potential for vulnerabilities within the code. By offering training opportunities to your developers, you can help them learn to think securely during the development process. Thinking securely is key to avoid making mistakes later on. By investing in training, developers also gain a valuable skill that will help them increase job productivity. In this sense, training helps reduce vulnerabilities before they happen and saves time and money if something does happen in the future.

Getting developers engaged in training

The most challenging part of implementing a security training program for developers is getting them engaged with the training. Common issues that developers site, include: training interferes with work and deadlines, the courses are not relevant, and why do I really need training?

Human error accounts for 52 percent of the root cause of security breaches, according to a new study from CompTIA, which surveyed individuals from hundreds of companies in the U.S.

To overcome these issues, employee commitments need to be taken into consideration during the training process.To engage developers, it’s important to work with them. Training is an ongoing program, and learning to balance training and deadlines is mandatory for success. With role-based online training, you can specify which modules suit certain employees to make sure the proper courses are being offered to the right people. By informing employees about their role in regards to software security, they will be more likely to understand what’s expected of them.The 2015 Stack Overflow Developer Survey tells us 45 percent of developers have six or more years of experience. These results lead you to believe that there are a large number of inexperienced developers who likely don’t have much application security knowledge. About 42 percent of developers are also self-taught, which means they may not know even the basic best practices of application security.

Implementing application security training for developers starts with understanding the needs of your engineers. Reduce vulnerabilities and risks within your organization by rolling out a computer-based training program to your developers.

Get started today with HP Software Education’s Application Security curriculum for developer security awareness.Security awareness turns your biggest liability (your staff!) into your biggest asset. You can read more on how to make your non-IT users more security aware here.

Source: Easily train developers on secure coding best prac… – HP Enterprise Business Community, written by Anita Parrish.

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