Secure application development is about building secure software. Most security products offer band-aid protection for existing applications: they filter, block, or proxy communications to/from applications that are incapable of protecting themselves. We want to get away from this “Features first, security second” model and code applications that are self-reliant and can protect themselves.
The secure code movement is in its infancy. There are different processes, training programs, and tools to aid the development of secure applications – which we will cover here. We will also reference some of the OWASP and Rugged Software projects.