Best Practices for Cybersecurity in Agile

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The traditional waterfall approach in software development has seen a shift to an agile approach. However, cybersecurity remains a hot topic for almost every company. Organizations have to take measures to understand the impact of cybersecurity on software development in an agile workflow.

Here are a few steps to boost cybersecurity:

Cloud Computing

The cloud offers high levels of security without any significant investment upfront. Companies are taking complete advantage of these benefits. Apart from the financial benefits, it allows most of the companies to develop their software in a secure environment. Most products available in the market provide flexibility to the organizations to choose the best possible tools for them without compromising security. Before selecting the right vendor, the company must calculate and compare the hosting costs and incremental costs as well.

Data Categorization

Categorizing data is vital for security in agile development. Developers must take a look at the data, its use, and process and classify the data correctly. Companies are following the trend of getting detailed about the category of data from confidential to restricted to high business impact and more. Few companies claim their data is entirely secure without diving deep into the level of risk. This opens doors for potential security dangers. These companies focus on every vertical at once and ignore the areas where security is needed. By investing time and forming data categories, companies can take a closer look at data risk and take appropriate actions.

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Implement Good Defense Practices

Cybersecurity in agile development is a practice of identifying any gaps or concerns. Good defense practices include investing in automation for testing, scanning, and simulated attacks for security at every step of development. Security is also achievable by penetration testing and applications scanning. Automated testing helps create secure applications. Executing initial threat protection tactics can improve overall cybersecurity by changing, implementing, and enhancing the attacks to assess a variety of factors. Automated attacks run at every stage of development help scale the simulation to match the severity of an attack.