Secure and Safe Software

The F-Secure Safe user interface has undergone a major makeover. The stylized hilly landscape with clouds and trees to be replaced by a flat design of three rectangular panels with security status icons (red when something isn’t right) and the green checkmark that indicates everything is fine.

Software is a powerful tool and the methods we employ it are changing the world. It’s not immune from threats by malicious actors who try to exploit weaknesses to take data and cause chaos.

One of the most effective ways to avoid these threats is embedding security enhancements into software development and testing procedures. This includes the use of best practices and security testing, resulting in an environment that is secure throughout the development lifecycle as well as fixing flaws with patches and updates to applications.

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

To build reliable and trustworthy software, it’s crucial to have a robust and scalable security strategy. This is especially true for systems that are high-profile like those that are used in healthcare, financial services and the automotive industry. These systems require more stringent coding requirements like those in the MISRA C++ and MISRA C++ coding standards to prevent vulnerabilities which could compromise security.

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