October 1st marks the first day of Cybersecurity Awareness Month to empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to protect their digital assets, personal information, and online privacy.
As a program administrator, you’ll be asked to coordinate activities, training, and/or awareness efforts at your organization for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Lucky for you, the experts at Security Journey have been planning for Cybersecurity Awareness Month all year!
Security Journey’s Diligent Developer Program champions hands-on training in breaking and fixing code to provide the skills development teams need to code securely. Our focus on addressing the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 is a central pillar of the program.
Through fun and engaging resources and 15-minute podcast-style video lessons, your learners will understand these top vulnerabilities comprehensively and learn effective ways to mitigate them in an ever-evolving threat landscape.
“Developers and everyone working within the software development lifecycle are under pressure to deliver 100 times the code volume than they were ten years ago,” comments Amy Baker, Security Education Evangelist at Security Journey. “And while they're expected to create scalable, secure, and successful applications, they often don't have the education for all three –today, 0 of the top 50 undergraduate computer science programs require a course in application security. Through our Diligent Developer program, participants can gain comprehensive insights into application security, fostering a culture of secure software development.”
We have been sharing the story of The Diligent Developers over the last two months as they crossed the realm, fighting the vulnerabilities of the OWASP Top 10 – you can see their chronicles here.
Now the story of The Diligent Developers comes to a close, let’s see the final chapter of their journey.
The Diligent Developer Chronicles: The Conclusion
When we last left The Diligent Developers, they built the wall of server-side request forgery. Now that they traveled to protect the realm, they have returned to the king; let’s see how their story concludes.
The lessons learned by the diligent developers would serve as a solid foundation for a new era of application security. Their dedication and unwavering commitment had fortified the kingdom's defenses, leaving an indelible mark on the realm's security landscape.
Passing along their shields, the diligent developers empowered the kingdom’s security champions to step into the role of diligent developers themselves.
As the champions embraced their newfound roles, they would inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Their efforts would ripple throughout the kingdom, fostering a security culture and spurring a collective drive to safeguard web applications against emerging threats.
And so, the diligent developers, having fulfilled their quest, watched with pride as the security champions set forth to educate and protect the kingdom. Their legacy would endure, as the lessons learned and shared knowledge would propel the realm towards a future where application security stood at the forefront.
Using The Diligent Developer Chronicles to Move Beyond Security Awareness
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is critical for security awareness training, which is often thought of as an annual or biannual session presented to everyone across the organization.
Awareness doesn’t go far enough for security-critical roles such as software developers, product and UX managers, quality assurance, and scrum masters, who are all responsible for safe applications.
Good security education programs teach developers the necessary skills to problem-solve security threats. The best security education programs teach development teams theory and ensure developers develop the skills to secure applications during development proactively.
Developers with both knowledge and skills can scale to new environments and manage unfamiliar problems. This is a valuable ability since the threat landscape is constantly evolving. The vulnerabilities of today will not be the vulnerabilities of tomorrow.
By implementing The Diligent Developer Chronicles security awareness program for developers, you are taking a proactive step toward strengthening your organization's security posture.
Remember to adapt and evolve the program to address emerging threats and changing development practices. Continuous education and awareness will empower your developers to build secure applications, protecting your organization and its users from potential security risks.
The Diligent Developer Security Awareness and Education Program is free to download until December 31st, 2023. For more information, please visit securityjourney.com/diligentdeveloper.