According to the current scenario, we all know that vulnerable application will how much dangerous for a user. It is time to focus on taking measures of security and ensure that security-related activities are implemented at every stage of the software development life cycle. Like: architecture analysis, multiple code reviews, and penetration testing. With such adaptation, we can reduce vulnerabilities and able to produce a secured final product.
Below we are trying to define the following steps which help you to build a secure mobile application.
Step 1. Adaptation of security standards of the software Industry:
Shield the application you’re building from the beginning. This is the most effective way to save time & budget and scheduling delivery at the end of the ADLC Application Development Lifecycle.
Secure Coding Standards: Secure coding standards are rules and guidelines used to prevent security vulnerabilities. Used effectively, these security standards detect, prevent, and eliminate errors that could compromise application security.
Below are some names of the secure coding standards
# Common Weakness Enumeration CWE and CWE Top 25
# CERT Coding Standards
# NVD Common Vulnerability scoring System
# DISA STIG
# Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) guidelines
# PA-DSS Security standard for payment application
# IEC 62443 for protecting cyber security threats
Step 2. Adaptation of threat modeling:
It will save cost to identify and rectifying design flaws early in the design process. Along with threat modeling you can analyze fundamental design principals, assessing the attack surface, enumerating various threat agents, identifying weaknesses and gaps in security controls.
Step 3. Adaptation of code reviews during implementation:
Under the code review you need to assure that the function, variable, comment and class name should not be common as password, Username, email, ID, etc. this type of tagging makes your code vulnerable. Avoid to do copy and paste same codes multiple times, strictly avoid to use readymade codes from unreliable sources try to write your own codes mostly. By performing a secure code reviews as a check point. This drastically reduces the no. of errors escaping into the finished application.
Step 4. Adaptation of (SAST) Static application security testing:
SAST is a software testing methodology designed for scanning application source code, byte code, and binaries for coding and design condition to explore security vulnerabilities.
Step 5. Adaptation of penetration testing:
Penetration testing is typically performed using manual or automated technologies to systematically compromise servers, endpoints, web applications, wireless networks, network devices, mobile devices and other potential points of exposure.
Application penetration tests examine the overall security and potential risks of web applications, including coding errors, broken authentication or authorization, authentication bypass attempts, Overall security break, and injection vulnerabilities.
Step 6. Secure Deployment of the application:
Prepare a deployment pan. It’s important for successful publishing of an Application through completing the long journey from planning, development and testing. Now it’s time to take a precaution from any disaster you must have multiple backups on a different location with multiple versions of your applications.
As fast as you recover from a disaster like a cyber-attack, app crash, etc. will raise your customer’s faith in you