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  • Planning: The senior members of the team decide how to approach the project.
  • Defining: The team defines what it needs to finish the product through an SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document. The customer or market analysts will look over and, if satisfied, approve it.
  • Designing: Using the SRS, the team develops a DDS (Design Document Specification). A DDS maps out the architecture of the product and is reviewed by all stakeholders.
  • Building: The developers build the product.
  • Testing: The developers test for, find, and fix product defects.
  • Deployment and Maintenance: The company releases the product to market, possibly in stages. They then maintain the product as needed.
  • Governance accompanies Planning: The team develops a security plan. Developers are trained on securing code.
  • Design accompanies Defining and Designing: The team identifies potential risks and designs security features to prevent hackers from taking advantage of them. For example, let’s say a hacker tries to brute-force a password by entering several common letter and number combinations. The team could design a lockout feature that blocks someone from accessing an account if they enter an incorrect password five times in a row.
  • Implementation accompanies Building: Implementation ensures developers build software in a standardized, repeatable way. During this phase, the team will also specify how bugs are collected, recorded, and analyzed.
  • Verification accompanies Testing: This stage defines how a company performs security testing. Teams will typically use a combination of Static Application Security Testing (SAST) and Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) tools.
  • Operations accompanies Deployment and Maintenance: This stage defines how an organization responds to security threats or breaches and how it will continue to maintain app security after the product hits the market.

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Co-founder and CEO of HackEDU. Previously a CISO. 15 years in cybersecurity.

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Co-founder and CEO of HackEDU. Previously a CISO. 15 years in cybersecurity.

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