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Defensive Coding: Finding and Plugging Security Holes in 111 Billion Lines of Code

By Dick Weisinger

111 billion lines of software are written every year, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures. The number of bugs and security holes in that number of lines is likely staggering in size.

Anita D’Amico, CEO of software security solution provider Code, said that “as the amount of unsecured software code grows, it presents a larger attack surface that can be used to perpetrate high-profile attacks. It’s not at all surprising that the AppSec (application security) market is growing dramatically.”

The application security market is expected to reach $6.77 billion by 2021 and is growing at a rate of 16 to 18 percent annually, a rate that is even faster than other segments of the cybersecurity market.

D’Amico said that “software developers and testers can build security testing directly into their development environment. They can make it a normal part of the development process, not a resource-intensive additional activity. A new breed of AppSec tools, called Application Correlation and Management Systems, embeds the source code testing tools into the integrated development environment, and interfaces with continuous build servers like Jenkins and with issue trackers like JIRA.”

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