In order to ensure an efficient, secure and successful software development project, there are many factors that you and your team must consider when starting a new project. The most common and pertinent considerations for many include defining the requirements of the project, selecting the correct processes for each stage of the software development project, selecting the right software development tools and ensuring the proper practices are implemented for software security.
As meeting each of those considerations for an effective software development project can be a daunting and time-consuming challenge, we recommend you follow this step-by-step guide that will help walk you through how to organize a secure and successful project.
Understand Your Software Development Project Requirements
As you begin your software development project, there are several details that you must complete to help you better understand your software development project requirements.
- Outline the project
- Define the project vision
- Identify compliance requirements
- Select a flexible programming language
- Develop a code design
- Establish code architecture
By completing the above tasks, you are able to create a reliable and secure framework for your software development project.
How to Define Your Software Development Process
As your development process will be unique to the needs and requirements of your software development project, we recommend that you consider including the following details into your process:
- Identify what software security best practices will need to be enforced
- Align on a development methodology
- Organize your environment setup
- Use repository tools
- Enforce software security with secure coding practices
- Incorporate checks into your development pipeline
- Have a definition of “done” for your software development project tasks and features
- Encourage feedback and communication
Including the above details into your software development process helps to ensure software security as well as increase the success of your software development project.
How to Choose the Right Software Security Tools for your Software Development Project
One of the most important parts of your software development project is to choose the right tools. With the right tools, you are able to standardize your project and enable your entire team to work together more efficiently and effectively. Regardless of what the specifics of your software development may be, we recommend that your toolset includes:
- Version control system
- Static code analyzer
- Application lifecycle management tool
These tools help to ensure that your project is well-organized; your software reliable, compliant and high quality; and that software security is enforced.
How to Set Up DevSecOps for Your Software Development Project
DevSecOps is essential for efficient and secure software development, as it can help your team:
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