Prioritize cybersecurity in all web development sprints
No one doubts the importance of cybersecurity in web development – and yet, often in the development cycle, we neglect to prioritize it in every sprint and in the final product. Making cybersecurity a priority throughout every development cycle is necessary to combat the wave of digital attacks threatening the modern web. But how can you ensure that you are focusing on cybersecurity throughout development?
Achieving optimal results takes commitment. This will involve setting clear and effective cybersecurity goals at every stage, using extensive testing tools and following best practices. Exploring each of these processes in the context of a web development sprint can ensure that your own development process prioritizes cybersecurity.
Set cybersecurity goals for each sprint
Cybersecurity starts right at the planning stages of the sprint – or should if you plan them effectively. Indeed, each stage of agile development must meet the needs of the intended users and support the general objectives of the project. If cybersecurity is not included in these goals, you run the risk of exposing your platform to digital threats.
Instead, write down effective, measurable, and achievable sprint goals. Effective sprint goals provide much-needed focus and clarity during an agile program increment. They should be specific and detail a path forward for the sprint with built-in success metrics.
For example, an effective cybersecurity goal might look like this: implement an automated attack identification system with 98% accuracy.
Identifying attacks is crucial in creating protections for a web application, but each sprint will have its own cybersecurity goal depending on the overall plan and implementation schedule you propose. If you’re not sure what kind of metrics to look for, check out international standards like GDPR and NIST CSF.
From there, development teams can assess the success of cybersecurity within development (Read more…)