13 Jul, 2020

Digital Transformation For Developers

by nVisium

Believe it or not, the concept of digitization was introduced back in 1703 when Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz published “Explication de l'Arithmétique Binaire”, but didn’t realize it’s modern potential until the introduction of computers in 1939. Since then we have transcended the digitization of information to the digitization of industries to the digitization of societies. This leads us to today’s ever-changing requirements for more, better and faster.

digital transformation in 2020

The current marketing description for dealing with this unending hunger for more, better and faster now falls under the classification of “Digital transformation”. If you are looking for a simple definition of this topic to set the stage for understanding the critical criteria for developers, then the Enterprisers Project defines digital transformation as:

“the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It's also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure.”

According to the (IDCWorldwide Semiannual Digital Transformation Spending Guide the worldwide spending on technologies and services that enable digital transformation will reach $1.97 trillion in 2022 and IDC further predicts that digital transformation spending will grow steadily, achieving a five-year compound annual growth rate of 16.7 percent between 2017 and 2022. So, needless to say, with that level of spending the likelihood of cybercriminals taking an active interest in exploiting the newly developed security vulnerabilities is extremely high. This puts developers on notice to take care with their digital transformation projects and pay particular attention to specific security vulnerabilities and the latest/greatest coding techniques to prevent or at least minimize risk of breaches.

critical criteria for developers

At the heart of every digital transformation project is your development team. They will ultimately be responsible for creating the code and configuring in on-premise and cloud infrastructure necessary for turning current manual processes into automated ones or upgrading obsolete automation into modern architectures. There are three criteria that every digital transformation team should be addressing:

  • DevSecOps: Security is now a mandatory requirement and should not be treated as an afterthought to any project. Building out a role or even team specifically dedicated to the intersection of operations development and security will ensure all priorities are met. This is where DevSecOPs comes in. They ensure that security objectives and metrics are designed into every digital transformation project. DevSecOPs encourages developers to learn how to write secure code and gives them ownership of resolving potential risks by tying developer objectives to reducing the number of vulnerabilities.

  • Security Testing: Trust but verify is the mantra of every CISO. As more attack vectors show up every day, it is important to perform security testing. This testing should be done during development and in production and should also be from different angles to ensure you are exercising as many code paths as possible. Because many of the modern security issues you see in the news today are the result of the distributed nature of modern software systems, it is especially important to harden security setting with abstractions for cloud providers and container orchestration platforms. Your testing plan should accommodate all scenarios on-premise and throughout the cloud.

  • Agile Software Development: The speed of change in consumer, employee and corporate requirements has required that most companies adopt an Agile Software Development process in order to keep pace with the business expectations. If done correctly, this should decrease communication gaps that naturally exist between the security and software engineering teams.

With these criteria covered, it I snow just a matter of choosing the right partner to provide the mentoring and assessments.

a trusted digital transformation partner

As you are probably aware, digital transformation projects should not be taken lightly. Ensuring your developers have the proper training and third-party assessments will go a long way to ensure success as well as ongoing security.

nVisium empowers organizations to eliminate application and cloud security vulnerabilities before cyber threats exploit them with proven in-depth security assessments, remediation and training programs. Our experienced team of security-savvy developers and engineers guide organizations to build best practices with high ROI into their engineering and development lifecycles across applications, operating systems, networks, mobile, cloud and IoT through services, software solutions and R&D unique to business operations and compliance initiatives. Additionally, nVisium provides a fully managed platform for tracking and measuring performance as well as instructor-led and online training.

Every developer despite their level of experience can benefit from a second set of eyes to ensure security vulnerabilities have been protected against… and it never hurts to brush up on the latest coding techniques at the same time.   Schedule a consultation today.

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