A research from Secure Code Warrior has revealed an attitudinal shift in the software development industry, with organizations bucking traditional practices for DevOps and Secure DevOps.

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The global survey of professional developers and their managers found 70% of organizations recognize the importance of secure coding practices, with results indicating an industry-wide shift from reaction to prevention is underway.

Dr. Matias Madou, CTO at Secure Code Warrior, said, “We are seeing a fundamental shift in mindsets across the world, as the industry slowly moves from reactive, band-aid solutions rolled out after a breach, to the proactive and human-led practice of writing quality software that is intrinsically free from vulnerabilities right from the very first keystroke.”

“This research shows that ‘secure code’ is becoming synonymous with ‘quality code’ within software development, and security is becoming the responsibility of development teams and leaders—not just AppSec professionals,” he said.

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Reactive practices like using tools on deployed applications and manually reviewing code for vulnerabilities were the top two practices respondents associated with coding securely.

However, a proactive shift in mindset was evidenced across the globe, with 55% of the developers surveyed also recognising secure coding as the active, ongoing practice of writing software protected from vulnerabilities.

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