7 Security Coding Guidelines to Keep in Mind


Do you know the coding strategies used by developers? There will be fewer security breaches and better leads if the development team uses secure coding guidelines to design the product. As a layperson, one might ask, “What are the fundamentals of secure coding techniques, best practices, and how and when can we use them?” »

In this blog, we’ll go over the basics of secure coding guidelines, best practices, how we can use them, and how VAPT can help you.

Security coding refers to a set of practices for applying security considerations to how software is coded and encrypted to avoid errors or weaknesses. This helps prevent and simultaneously minimize the most common vulnerabilities that eventually lead to cyberattacks.

Why do we need to secure our coding techniques?

Secure coding helps minimize vulnerabilities and risks associated with software development. It is very beneficial to secure the code with correct rules.

The main goal of the development team should be to discover and analyze the risks and security issues associated with the application, as well as compare various mitigation strategies and choose the best one.

Here are the main reasons for securing coding techniques:-

  1. Help develop a standard for a development platform and language
  2. Find and remove vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber attackers
  3. Ensure that each piece of software has controls and systems in place to harden it and get rid of any security issues and vulnerabilities.
  4. Since exploits can leak sensitive user data, optimizing security with these techniques early on can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Security Coding Guidelines

Let’s look at some of the secure coding standards provided by OWASP which are used to guard against vulnerabilities. These standards are intended to detect, prevent, and eliminate problems that could compromise software security.

  1. Password management
  2. Access control
  3. Cryptographic practices
  4. System Setup
  5. Error handling and logging
  6. Threat modeling
  7. Security by design
7 Security Coding Guidelines
    • Password management – Passwords are still the most widely used security credentials, and following basic coding standards reduces risk.
    • Access control – Ensure that requests for access to sensitive data are cross-checked to ensure that the user has permission to read the information.
    • Cryptographic practices – In the event of a compromise, the use of current high-quality cryptographic algorithms with keys stored in secure vaults improves the security of your code.
    • System Setup – Be sure to manage your development and production environments securely if you work in different environments. Remove all unnecessary components from your systems and ensure that all functional software is up to date with the latest versions and patches.
    • Error handling and logging – Software updates include vulnerability fixes, making it one of the most important and secure coding guidelines. Error handling and logging are two of the most effective methods for reducing the impact of errors.
    • Threat modeling– Threat modeling is a multi-step process that should be integrated into software development, testing, and deployment lifecycles.
    • Safety design– Organizations may have different software engineering and coding goals. It is possible that the priority of security conflicts with the priority of the pace of development.

How can you make sure your code is safe?

Secure code is a requirement of a competent software development process. The project will be doomed if proper data security protocols are not established. VAPT Security’s knowledgeable and knowledgeable staff helps businesses ensure that data security standards are properly accepted and executed while considering your specific IT environment.

Secure coding best practices work as a buffer against cyber threats attempting to exploit a software’s SDLC and/or supply chain.

The Kratikal VAPT teamwhich is a CERT-In-empaned security auditor, has performed source code reviews for various companies around the world.

In Kratikal’s VAPT services, we perform configuration analysis and installation testing, covering all critical services to discover any misconfiguration or vulnerability.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions regarding VAPT by leaving a comment in the box below, and we’ll be happy to help!

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*** This is a syndicated blog from the Kratikal Blogs Security Bloggers Network written by Deepti Sachdeva. Read the original post at: https://www.kratikal.com/blog/security-coding-guidelines/


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