Secure and Safe Software

The F-Secure Safe user interface has been revamped to a new look. There is no stylized hilly landscape featuring trees and clouds, replaced by a flat design of three rectangular panels with security status icons (red when something is wrong) and a green checkmark when everything is in order.

Software is a powerful tool, and the method we use it is changing the world. But it’s also vulnerable to threats from malicious actors that seek to exploit weaknesses in order to steal data and create havoc.

The key to avoiding these risks is to incorporate security improvements into software development and test processes. This means including security best practices into testing, ensuring an environment that is secure throughout the development cycle, and preventing flaws through patches and updates to applications.

To be effective, this approach must include all parties in the process. In addition to a structured procedure, it is essential to establish an environment that promotes security, as well as tools and training to support security in the software development workflow. This includes establishing a trusted component that is able to maintain a trusted list and assessing risk through threat modeling, communicating standards with third party vendors and verifying compliance by using secure coding practices, using top industry-specific tools, and conducting manual and automated security tests and reviews.

A robust, scalable process for security is crucial to creating solid and reliable software. This is particularly relevant for systems with a high profile, such as those that are used in financial services, healthcare and the automotive industry. These systems require more rigorous requirements for coding, such as those in the MISRA C and MISRA C++ coding guidelines to avoid vulnerabilities that could compromise safety.