Today’s fast-paced world calls for increased focus on boosting user experience by rapidly releasing new applications and software. With this need for speed, many organizations are starting to feel that they do not have enough time to focus on security, which raises the risk to the critical business applications that hold sensitive customer and corporate data. These business applications are highly vulnerable, with 80 percent of cyber attacks occurring at the application layer. Just recently, soft wares were viewed as a low risk since they were majorly internal and you only needed to secure the infrastructure. But now, software are now available to the world, and it is clear that a security approach that is more proactive is required. To achieve a secure and positive user experience, business owners need to incorporate security testing services in their software development lifecycle.
Importance of Software Security Testing
Security testing ensures that the organization’s systems and applications are free from loopholes that may lead to a significant loss. The process involves finding out all the possible weaknesses and gaps in a system which might result in the loss of data either at the hands of employees or outsiders in an organization.
From a project management perspective, security testing services are basically meant to certify a system’s compliance with safety requirements and also to identify potential security weaknesses within the system. When we look at it from a business point of view, security testing is often done to protect an organization’s brand or reputation, reduce overall project costs, reduce litigation expenses, or comply with regulatory requirements. Identifying and rectifying software security weaknesses before product deployment help in realizing these business goals.
From a software development point of view, security weaknesses identified through security integration testing can be looked at in the same way as the “conventional” software defects that are discovered through basic software testing processes. Within the software industry, it is unanimously accepted that software errors detected earlier during the development process are quite cheaper to rectify than those realized later in the process.
For instance, software defects discovered by the developer during unit tests will basically involve just the developer and will not require a huge amount of effort to identify and correct. On the other hand, if the same software defect is identified after the deployment of the product to the customer, a big number of personnel as well as internal processes will be required to detect and correct, and this might cost significantly more.
System Integration Testing help in reducing vulnerabilities within an application or software system. If they are not exposed before deployment, these vulnerabilities will require extra development effort and technical troubleshooting to rectify it. Organizations that incorporate security integration testing throughout the software life cycle development understand that tackling issues early enough can lead to a lot of cost savings.