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Chapter 10. Security Policies > Developmental Policies

Developmental Policies

Many IT departments include programmers/web developers. Unfortunately, many security policies do not address secure programming. No matter how good your firewalls, proxy server, virus scanning, and policies are, if your developers create code that is flawed, you will have security breaches. Clearly the topic of secure programming requires a separate volume to explore thoroughly. Nonetheless, we can consider a brief checklist for defining secure development policies. If your company currently has no secure programming initiatives, this checklist is certainly better than developing in a vacuum. It can also serve as a starting point to get you thinking, and talking, about secure programming:

• All code, especially code done by outside parties (contractors, consultants, etc.) must be checked for back doors/Trojan horses.


  

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