- Source code vulnerabilities
- Validation of entries
- Using client-side validation
- Unintentional script execution
- Exposure of session data
- Unintentional user activity
Bridging the gap between development and security
The need for secure web application development is ever present. A 2021 survey by GitLab found that over 84% of developers were releasing code faster than before. Unfortunately, only 2.7% of respondents automate security testing or move security to the left.
Bridging the gap between development and security comes down, in part, to understanding the risks associated with insecure development activities and vulnerable code. Developers, in particular, often find themselves stuck between development speed and web application security. Contrary to popular opinion, an accelerated application development cycle and application security are not mutually exclusive. In fact, with the right processes and tools in place, developers can always quickly produce functional and elegant web applications and secure the development process at the same time.
To help ensure a secure development process, here are five simple things developers can do:
- Move security to the left: Security should occur throughout the software development lifecycle. Take a few minutes to chat with the security team or security experts for guidance and assistance.
- Know the OWASP Top 10: Know which web application security threats are the most common and riskiest based on analysis by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Developers can use the OWASP Top 10 to set the stage for improving web application security early in the development process.