The fundamental building block of software, source code, is frequently overlooked in discussions about cybersecurity. However, because the consequences of insecure code can be disastrous, it should become a C-level priority. According to a recent report, 76% of security breaches are caused by code vulnerabilities, emphasizing the importance of organizations scrutinizing the source code they produce.
Every modern enterprise is built on source code. The C-suite must take ownership of the code and prioritize it alongside sales, marketing, security, finance, and human resources. Organizations must prioritize code in order to strengthen this critical strategic asset and maximize their business results.
One of the reasons why source code is frequently overlooked is that it is not visible to the end user and is thus regarded as a back-end concern. This attitude, however, must change because source code is the foundation upon which applications are built. Enterprises that prioritize code will make certain that someone at the highest level of the organization is in charge of code and is accountable for its success or failure. Organizations must invest in secure coding practices and prioritize code security from the start of any software development project.
Organizations can take a number of steps to improve code security. One is code ownership, which will aid in the elimination of technical debt. Any organization with 200-300 developers will almost certainly have a massive amount of technical debt due to flawed legacy code. With someone in charge, organizations can devote resources to systematically cleaning up code, fixing errors, and reducing technical debt.
Another option is to use secure coding standards, such as the OWASP Top 10, which provide information on common coding vulnerabilities and how to avoid them. Organizations can ensure that their code is written to a high standard of security by adopting such standards, which can help to prevent breaches and keep sensitive data safe.
Finally, the message is clear: source code must be elevated to the level of C-level priority. Organizations can reduce the risk of security breaches and protect their data and systems by prioritizing code security. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, organizations must take steps to secure their code and protect themselves from attack.
The sources for this piece include an article in VentureBeat.