Digital data is the new gold, and hackers will stop at nothing to get yours. In a study by cybersecurity experts at Maryland University, researchers found that cyber-attacks happen once every 39 seconds. As one of the first organizations to quantify cyber-attacks, Maryland University also says that these attacks can affect one out of every three U.S. citizens.
Furthermore, the number of connected devices today is estimated at around 200 billion. Combined with the fact that 77% of organizations have no cybersecurity response plans in place, America’s application security is far from being an adequate response to the rapid-fire threat posed by hackers. These frightening statistics underscore why the fields of cybersecurity and quality assurance (QA) need to integrate their key processes.
Both QA and cybersecurity are about risk management
In turn, this type of testing makes the job of QA teams easier down the line. With fewer security risks comes less risk to the overall quality of the software as well. And the better the quality, the easier it becomes to spot any cybersecurity risks. Because of how QA and cybersecurity intersect in terms of risk management, coordinating with one another can significantly lighten the workload of both parties.
Security testing is ‘shifting to the left’
A similar shift to the left can be observed in cutting edge tech training institutions, like the long-standing and web-based Maryville University. Aimed at producing well-rounded developers and software experts, the online school’s different advanced tech programs were developed with cybersecurity integration in mind.
“This gives students real-world experience in remote and collaborative cybersecurity work.”
When they graduate, this hands-on remote training will be valuable in terms of collaborating with QA experts. Whether they go on to focus on cybersecurity or branch out to other in-demand fields like data science, software development, or business administration, the security experts of the future are being trained to more easily integrate their security expertise with companies’ existing QA testing infrastructures. From training to implementation, this impending partnership between security and QA is inevitable.
“Security Training is Now a Software Developer’s Daily Responsibility”