By Laurence Bradford
February 28, 2018
Companies are still grappling with how to handle security, but developers who take the initiative on their own have a real chance to stand out.
To start the process toward being a cyber-security engineer--or even just a developer who can hold a conversation about security practices--there are a few things you can do.
Ayman Sayed, Chief Product Officer at CA Technologies, has three pieces of advice.
1. "Take a course on application security and educate yourself on the latest trends in security practices. By educating yourself, you’ll be more savvy and make the process of secure development go a lot faster.
2. Educate executives on the business-level benefits of security to get their buy-in. They’ll be able to assist in make organization-wide changes that will make it easier to prioritize security.
3. Take responsibility for the security of your own code. Don’t let the final quality check department be only place where security is considered. By thinking about and testing for security early, it is a lot easier to fix."
When you're looking to enter a cyber-security career, having a background in non-security-related development can be helpful. It gives you a more well-rounded perspective than someone who has only focused on security for their entire education or career.