3 Crucial Steps to Improving Product Security

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How can product security be improved?

What are the right steps to take in order to protect customer data from being compromised?

How can you ensure software security assurance for your products and services?

We will explore 3 things that every company should do to improve product security.

Assess Your Current Product Security Maturity

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Perform a self-assessment of how your company is doing when it comes to product security.

Do you have set of policies and standards?

Do you require developers to take SDLC training?

Have applications/systems been ranked base on their risk profile?

What does your vulnerability management look like?

These are some of the many questions that should be answered to have a comprehensive view of product security maturity.

Review Your Product Security Assessment

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Understanding your current security score or maturity level across governance, design, implementation, validation, and operations is a huge step in the right direction toward software assurance.

Keep in mind that your findings might be a blow to your ego, but are a necessity in order to understand what needs improvement. Use the report generated by this assessment as your starting point for product security improvements

Product Security Roadmap

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Now product security program has been assessed, a new roadmap that enhances your maturity level across the organization can be created and implemented.

The product security team should work closely with the business to prioritize upcoming security activities and initiatives to gain buy-in from stakeholders. This roadmap should be reviewed on a regular basis so that any changes in risk factors can be incorporated into the plan.

This roadmap should include some key areas such as application/systems assessment, software development lifecycle process enhancements, data classification strategy implementation or vulnerability management program design and improvement.

These are but a few of many other items that may need attention within your organization based on your current maturity level for product security, such as:

- Research the latest technologies and techniques for product security

- Learn how to address unique forms of hacking such as DDoS attacks

- Be mindful of cyber security trends, identify new threats as they come up, and figure out ways to combat them before they reach your company

What best practices can you share about improving product security?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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