Secure software development is an important part of the development process: If security elements are missing at the beginning of the development, the probability increases that the software systems or products contain critical security vulnerabilities at the time of delivery, which create security risks for both the manufacturer and the system operator. You can rely on the support of Limes Security along the entire path to a Secure Software Development Lifecycle. Be it to test software systems for critical security vulnerabilities, to assist in finding and fixing the root cause, to analyze the existing software development process or to drive the integration of security activities into the development processes. Limes Security has many years of experience in supporting developers and manufacturers in the introduction and improvement of security in software development, supported by the IEC 62443-4-1 standard part.
What do I need to develop a secure product?
We guide and support you throughout the entire development process.
Analyze and improve your secure development lifecycle
Define and measure security-related activities
Build a balanced software security assurance program
Why we fail to develop secure software
When security is implemented in a product, development is usually affected by at least one of the following five problems, which can be addressed and compensated by introducing a Secure Software Development Lifecycle.
Do I need a defined development lifecycle to implement security?
No, you can also let your customers stumble over vulnerabilities until the product has finally reached a reasonably secure state through many fixes. Or you take the security of your product development seriously and view it as an important quality component that can only be achieved efficiently and sustainably for your products through a well-defined procedure (i.e., a secure development lifecycle).
I already have ISO27001 certification. Do I need this in addition?
Although it is sometimes incorrectly associated with it, ISO 27001 is not a standard for developing secure products. ISO 27001 has its strength in the implementation of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) for the protection of one’s own IT landscape and information. It only briefly touches on the process of developing secure products. IEC 62443-4-1, on the other hand, supports the implementation of security measures and describes requirements for the development of secure (in the form of: secure, not safe) products.
I already perform security testing. Why do I need to worry about a Secure Development Lifecycle?
Security testing is an important step in developing secure products, but security cannot be “tested into” a product. Above all, it is very expensive to discover vulnerabilities late through testing instead of proactively avoiding them. Therefore, the same principles apply as for quality and safety: security must be a planned, integrated part of product development, with the right measures being taken at every stage of development.