Why you need a Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SSDLC)

By Danny Onwezen|januari 15, 2021

The Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDLC) generally refers to a systematic, multi-step process that streamlines software development from inception to release. 

It’s an easy-to-follow step by step procedural model that enables organizations to:

  • Develop software in a timely manner
  • Reinforcing the product’s timeline of initial planning
  • Designing, and eventual deployment.

Established in the late 1960s, the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) has grounded itself in nearly every modern software company.

The secure software development life cycle is a step-by-step procedure to develop software with several objectives, including:

  • Scalable streamlining the product/software pipeline and
  • Optimizing the design, deployment, and maintenance of said software.

With how multifaceted modern development demands have grown, having an all-in-one development methodology that streamlines and structures project phases is crucial.

Imagine yourself as a project manager mindlessly approaching a software development team with a vague vision of deliverables and the final project.

No matter the technical capabilities and talents of the team, SDLC is essential for regulating each phase in the development cycle.

Perhaps the most pragmatic advantage of the SDLC is that it provides control of the development pipeline while still ensuring that the software system complies with all the estimated requirements at each and every phase.

Although the SDLC might seem like a magic sauce to an organization’s project management timeline, it does not work well when there is uncertainty about the expectations and vision of the software project.

More importantly, SDLC does not enable team members to add creative inputs, as the entire life cycle is rooted in the planning phase.

Due to the SDLC’s rather rigid and regulatory structure, many companies opt for an Agile software development approach with incremental fulfillments and phases towards final product deployment.

However, the SDLC approach is perhaps one of the most secure methodologies, ensuring that each project requirement is rigidly fulfilled with no funny business or inconsistencies during each step from planning to product deployment.

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