Latest Trends around Software Security in 2021

February 18, 2021

With cloud adoption rising, IT professionals are now actively focused on managing a vast workforce, switching from office to remote location since March 2020 (effect of the pandemic). This initial push-off was needed to shift the focus on shoring up the cloud landscape and build organizational workflow as per the new normal. This exploration has made software security more critical in recent times. 

Many people might think, what is the big deal about software security? Generally, in older times, people had authentic documents that were only accessible to the individual or a group of people. Now, with cloud adoption, all your documents can be accessible to a third party if not protected. So, new software security trends that include better app security tools, protection of IoT-enabled devices, and scaling security tools to the cloud are the need of the hour.

The software development life cycle (SDLC) framework is employed to produce excellent quality software in a budget-friendly and systematic manner. 

Seven software security trends in 2021

Here are seven upcoming software security trends that will cover most of 2021. 

#1. Cloud adaptation is on top of all software security trends.

Today, the software development teams must keep pace with application development over the cloud as dragging codes and fixing the vulnerability is not a viable option. This way, it offers attackers the opportunity to insinuate the system.  

In 2021, the tools employed for application security that further integrate into the toolchain must keep up to scale to cloud landscapes. These systems should also offer actionable findings that are easily understandable by the developers to make quick fixes. 

Software Security Trends in 2021 - cloud adaptation
Source: zfort

The information comes as cloud apps and premises are increasingly targeted by attackers. Even the National Security Agency warned the cloud platform users about the third-party interventions, posing them to be a threat, found on on-premises networks. 

Almost 50% of enterprises spend around  1.2 million dollars annually on cloud services.

#2. Infrastructure-as-code

Software developers are widely adapting infrastructure-as-code environments because of their flexibility. However, this sudden shift has left significant security gaps. So, in upcoming times this will steer extra training in Infrastructure as code security. 

In the coming times, cyber attackers may target developers’ missteps in these adaptable environments. As the environment is flexible, it is more prone to malicious intervention. To tackle third-party intervention, there will be a significant focus on cloud security training, Infrastructure as code best practices, and extra fund allocation for application and software security to assist the remote workforce’s entire workload.  

On average, only 5% of all business folders are appropriately secured in a company

#3. Open-source susceptibility

Open source will continue to attract threats in 2021. There is no week where a company doesn’t receive a malicious open-source batch. All the organization understands the need to secure open source components, as it helps attackers infiltrate within the system. Existing solutions help developers remove the vulnerable package, but they are still blind to instances where attackers drag tainted code in containers; this security threat needs a resolution in 2021. 

It is advised to keep a distance from new components and strictly abide by the well-established open-source components. To offer a truly secure Software development life cycle (SDLC),  it is essential to build a robust infrastructure and invest in software and application security.

#4. Sluggish growth in IoT security

As many countries do not have strong laws regarding IoT security makes it more vulnerable at times. There is no specific law in India but has some provisions in sections 43 and 43 A of the IT Act 2000. Due to insufficient punishment measures, attackers feel free to target any company to insinuate the system. 

Software Security Trends in 2021 - IoT security
Source: rtinsights

In the year 2021, consumers must pressure companies and government authorities to strengthen IoT security standards. Software developers need to look at IoT security, as it is a future-driven technology, and with constant improvements, they will have more control over their hands. 

If the security levels do not match up, 2021 will more likely receive the highest number of software security breaches.

#5. Employing cloud-native security

Cloud-native security is undoubtedly underused and is not understood by the security industry yet. However, 2021 will witness a sudden push towards locking cloud environments. As the whole world is turning to cloud services, cloud-native security usage will significantly grow in upcoming times. 

2020 was the year for APIs, and cloud-native securities will govern 2021. APIs are a key factor for cloud-native security, but the priority will shift onto how cloud-oriented technologies managed to increase adoption across companies. 

Protecting the ensuing environment of inter-connected cloud-oriented solutions will be the topmost priority this year.  

#6. Solutions to exposed APIs

As mentioned earlier, exposed APIs are the most common loopholes for attackers to insinuate in your system. In 2020, there were countless instances of malicious activities via exposed APIs. So, in this new year, the same threat will again be in action. 

Software Security Trends in 2021 - exposed APIs

The exposed APIs can be targeted easily. Organizations need to catch up in their understanding of exploiting these programs. Attackers will take advantage of the delay forcing software developers to identify ways to secure authorization strategies and API authentication. 

#7. Susceptible legacy devices

The IoT devices that are usually forgotten while quietly operating in the background will be the easiest target of cyberattacks. 

As electronic gadgets like cell phones laptops grow older, the companies then stop creating new software updates for the model and focus only on new models. This makes them more aged models vulnerable to software breaches as they become easy access points for the targeters.  

Software developers must keep on working to build a secure environment for legacy devices. 

Conclusion on the software security trends in 2021

These 2021 cybersecurity trends are likely to impact organizations to stack up to their security regulations. Experts anticipate that companies will invest more than 100 billion dollars in safeguarding their data. 

By employing the software development life cycle (SDLC), companies can systematically produce high-quality software in less time frame and pricing. Adopt and adapt cloud services to explore the digital arena.

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