Secure and Safe Software

The F-Secure Safe user interface has been given a major overhaul. There is no stylized hilly landscape with clouds and trees, replaced by an elongated design comprising three rectangular panels that feature security status icons (red when something is wrong) and an green checkmark when all is well.

Software is a powerful and flexible tool. The methods we employ it can change the world. It’s not unaffected by threats by malicious actors who seek to exploit vulnerabilities to gain access to data and cause chaos.

To protect yourself from these risks it is essential to incorporate security enhancements into the software development and test procedures. This includes using best practices and security testing, which creates an environment that is secure throughout the development lifecycle and protecting against flaws by updating and patching software.

This approach must be inclusive of all participants in the process for it to be efficient. Alongside a structured procedure, it is essential to establish an organizational culture of security and tools and training that support security in the software development workflow. This includes creating and maintaining a trusted list of components and applying threat modeling to evaluate risks, distributing standards to third party vendors while checking compliance, using secure coding practices and leveraging top tools for industry, and conducting automated or manual vulnerability tests and reviews.

In order to build dependable and reliable software, it’s essential to have a solid and scalable security strategy. This is particularly true for high-profile systems, such as those used in financial services, healthcare, the automotive industry and homeland security. These systems have more rigorous codes, such as those in the MISRA C and MISRA C++ codes, to prevent weaknesses that could compromise safety.