Security best practices for enterprise software systems | by Chanaka Fernando | Jan, 2023

How to secure your enterprise systems without compromising user experience

  • Securing data at rest
  • Securing data in transit
  • data privacy

Securing data at rest

Securing data in transit

data privacy

  • Build a strong identity foundation
  • Adhere to security best practices and automate them
  • Follow zero-trust architecture for application security
  • Prepare for security events

Build a strong identity foundation

  • Customers
  • employees
  • partners

We need to implement proper security measures depending on the category of users. There are different types of security approaches that we can follow based on these user profiles. Some common aspects are

  • Business to Customer (B2C)
  • Business to Employee (B2E)
  • Business to Business (B2B)

It is important to implement the proper security measures on the applications depending on these use cases.

Another key aspect here is to understand the requirements for authentication, authorization, and user management within the enterprise and adhere to standard practices for implementing these aspects so that you don’t need to worry about vendor locking or technical debt in the future.

Adhere to security best practices and automate them

  • Secure software engineering process
  • Vulnerability and risk management process
  • Security reward and acknowledgment process

The figure below depicts a secure software development process that you can follow within your organization.

Figure: Secure software development and release process

The preceding figure depicts how the different phases of the software development process can be secured with checkpoints to make sure the code being released minimizes the security risk and captures as many vulnerabilities as possible prior to the release.

Follow zero-trust architecture

  1. All entities are untrusted by default
  2. Least privilege access is enforced
  3. Comprehensive security monitoring is implemented

Following these standards make your enterprise software system more secure and less vulnerable.

Prepare for security events

  • Identify the responsible persons and their roles
  • Develop incident management process
  • Deploy the necessary tools for monitoring and reporting
  • Provide necessary access to the responsible persons ahead of time
  • Prepare forensic capabilities and processes

If you are interested in learning the specifics of implementing security best practices, you can refer to the chapter “Securing Enterprise Software Systems” in the book.

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