Security Mistakes that Software Developers Should Avoid


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Software development in today’s tech and electronics companies requires frequent collaboration on source code between onsite and offsite teams. Because the nature of the work involves meeting tight deadlines, many teams choose tools that are intuitive and get the job done fast; while corporate security requirements are often swept under the rug.

Here are a few tools that fail to meet security requirements for protecting source code:

  1. Email and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) – In a Forrester study recently commissioned by Thru on the challenges of technology companies, it was found that the majority of software building, patching and troubleshooting is done by email and FTP. Because these solutions have little rights management and have few auditing and tracking controls, IT departments have minimal visibility and control of intellectual property. This is an issue since it was revealed that 64% of tech employees share files with customers.
  2. Free File Sharing Solutions – The study also found that “57% of engineering teams use freemium file sharing solutions, risking security and company intellectual property.” Free apps like Google Drive are popular among developers because they are so easy to use, but they were not designed to protect sensitive company data with features like encryption and antivirus scanning. These tools also decentralize company data and result in multiple silos that become unmanageable for IT.

Advice from Forrester: Consider Enterprise-Class Solutions

Forrester advises engineering teams that are looking to solve collaboration challenges to use enterprise-class solutions. These solutions provide “a more robust set of tools to secure and manage software builds, patches, and error logs.” Out of 100 senior corporate managers and IT directors surveyed, 59% anticipate improved security and control over the exchange of files and content as a result of using an enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration solution.

Read the complete Forrester study.


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