Importance of Data Security in Software Development
The usage of software applications seems to rise every day. The use of devices like mobile phones, laptops, smart devices, VRs is a paving path for technologies to introduce new applications.
The more user expectations are increasing, the higher the businesses want to collaborate with software development companies to develop apps that meet their needs.
Despite various apps introduced for the users, only a few can grab the user’s attention and attain success.
The success of any software application development depends on multiple factors. Few to mention are:
- Quality of the application
- Features and functionalities of the app
- Compatibility, robustness, and feasibility of the app
- Data security in the app
While every factor is important, we will shed some light on the point of data security in software application development.
This is one such area that if not focused, may lead to application failure in no time. The Center for Strategic and International Studies states that cyber crimes cost the global economy over 400 billion USD per year.
What Data Security in a Software Application Development is:
A software application consists of abundant data, both for users and businesses together. The data and information are critical as it could be personal and app-based.
If this gets on the hands of wrong users, they may use the data for their benefit thus bombarding challenges and theft for users.
Data security is all about securing the data available on software applications. This process is also known as Information Security.
Almost every business bluntly interprets the demand for data security in its application to a software development company. This could be in numerous ways like encryption, firewalls, software updates, anti-virus and more.
Now that we know why data security is important, let’s dissect the types of software data security mechanisms and how they cope with securing the data.
1. Data Validation
The first to mention in the list of the data security mechanism in software application development is data validation. You don’t want your application to go through an abundance of data without validating them.
Data validation is crucial in protecting the data and information on the software application.
It comprises of validation processes like centralized validation mechanisms, data transmutation into a canonical form, libraries of validation primitives, language level types implementation to seize assumptions about data validity, etc.
2. Sensitive Data Handling
Several sensitive data are credited into an application when a user is using it. This may range from personal information to banking information. Any unethical use of the data could lead to disastrous results and the loss of many things.
To cater to this challenge, many software development companies create apps that can effectively manage sensitive data through modes like file protection, memory protection, cryptography, encryption, password sensitive mechanism, database protection and more.
3. External Integration
Integration is one of the features that most software application comes with. It is easy to access to multiple and varied applications available on the device.
While this is an added convenience, it is not good for the safety and security of the application and device. Any external integration welcomes unwanted access into the app, be it technical adaption or personal information.
This could damage the functioning of the app and device without even reflecting it. There are chances of software errors, incompatibility that could affect the functioning of the software application. Hence, it’s expedient to allow integration only with trusted apps.
4. Authentication Mechanism
There are cases when different users, hackers access the software app and gain all the data and information that they are looking for.
This is due to unauthenticated access given in the app either spontaneously or unwillingly.
A software development company manages this situation by designing secure access to an app that prevents the user from changing identity without multiple phases of re-authentication, multi-factored authentication, database authorization, security control mechanism, resource and file permissions, etc.
This has proven to be an effective idea to cope with security concerns in the app.
5. Application Security Testing
Last but not least is the authenticity of the app that is being utilized to perform the task for users. Unless the app has gone through the cycles of testing, it’s advisable to not use the app or even configure it on the device.
Testing licenses software app development companies to check if the app can manage data security without any challenge.
Various aspects are scrutinized like email security, TCP/IP protocol security, network layer security and more. Once all the standards are qualified, then it is assured that the app is enabled with data security.
Wrapping up, data management is one such task for software development companies that is extremely critical as it holds the door to data security as well.
Now many businesses have started to consider data security due to various challenges faced by users like virus attack, malware, hacking and more.
This interrupts the smooth function of the app and users may not try to use the app next time.
There are few measures driven by development companies, even by custom software development company to manage the data security on the app while keeping the experience for users top-notch.
Siya Carla is the Solution Consultant at Finoit Technologies, a leading custom software development company which provides unique web design and mobile app development services.
By creating interactive mobile apps for 450+ customers across the globe, Finoit enjoys a great reputation as a prominent mobile app development company.