What is software assurance?

The recent increase in cybercrime has shown that operational security of the software we use is low. Defects, inconsistencies, and poor design make way for a data breach that could cost companies millions of dollars. Software assurance means making software strong enough for it could stand up to current malware. As it always happens in security, old tools become ineffective. Unfortunately, malware develops faster than any other software. That is why we have a high demand for developers capable to produce highly resistant software.

Software assurance is always higher when there is a clear perception of risks. Companies tend to optimize their software according to how they perceive cyber risks. It is important to understand risks and share them with stakeholders and tech department. Aligning risks along all parts of the enterprise is the only way to find more threats and strengthen software.

Organizations often use supply chains for software so that their assurance depends on choices and decisions of other people. Therefore, companies stay vulnerable to poor risk estimation of their partners, which limits their software assurance. Businesses that share a supply chain depend on each other, which is not always considerate. Sometimes it is worth for companies to withdraw from the chain to assure better security.

The bottom line is, assurance must represent good construction as well as management and operation of software systems. A perfectly designed software would not help the company that cannot timely anticipate threats and target them. But a team interested in detecting problems yet before they emerge can improve their cybersecurity with the software they have at hand.