How to Implement Security by Design
February 8, 2023
Security by design is not new. But it has recently gotten a lot of attention because it was codified in GDPR; GDPR refers to it as Data Protection by Design and Default.
So, what exactly is security by design? Essentially, it's the idea that security should be integrated into every aspect of the design and development process for a product, system, or service. Instead of being an afterthought, security should be a fundamental consideration from the very beginning of any project.
Think about it this way: if you're building a house, you wouldn't just add a security system after the fact, right? You'd make sure that the design of the house incorporates security features, like reinforced doors and windows, from the start. The same concept applies to technology and information systems.
The reason security by design is so important is that it helps to prevent security vulnerabilities from being built into a system in the first place. It also mitigates risk before it happens. If security is considered during the design and development process, it's much less likely that a vulnerability or risk will be overlooked or ignored. This not only makes the system more secure, but it also makes it easier and less expensive to fix any security issues that do arise.
So, how do you actually implement security by design? Well, there are a few key principles to keep in mind:
So, why is security by design so important? Well, there are a few reasons:
Security by design is a crucial concept in the world of information security. And, increasingly it is required by different regulatory frameworks. By incorporating security into every aspect of the design and development process, organizations can help to prevent security vulnerabilities, improve their overall security posture, and save time and money in the long run. So, if you're involved in the design and development of information systems, make sure you keep security by design in mind!
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