Secure and Safe Software

The F-Secure Safe interface has been completely redesigned. The stylized hilly landscape with trees and clouds is now replaced by a flat, three-panel design with security status indicators (red when there is an issue and green when everything is working fine).

Software is a powerful and flexible tool. The methods we employ it can change the world. But it’s not immune from threats from malicious actors who try to exploit weaknesses to steal data and cause destruction.

One of the most effective ways to avoid these threats is embedding security enhancements into the software development and testing procedures. This means including best practices in security testing, resulting in an unsecure development life cycle and protecting against flaws by patches and updates to applications.

To be successful, this approach must involve all stakeholders in the process. In addition to a structured approach, it requires an organization-wide culture of security, as well as tools and training to support security within the software development workflow. This involves establishing a trustworthy component, maintaining a trusted list, assessing risk using threat modeling, sharing standards with third parties and verifying compliance by using secure coding practices, making use of top industry-specific tools, as well as conducting manual and automated security tests and reviews.

A robust, scalable security process is essential to build solid and reliable software. This is particularly the case for systems that are high-profile like those employed in healthcare, financial services and the automotive industry. These systems need stricter requirements for coding, like those in the MISRA C++ and MISRA C++ coding standards to guard against vulnerabilities that could compromise safety.

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