THE HEADLINE YOU'LL NEVER SEE:

If you were expecting to read about a major scientific discovery on a new gene therapy to improve brain functions and reasoning skills to write error-free code -we’re sorry but you’re out of luck.

So what can we do to address the human element in the software development lifecycle? According to an independent study by UC Berkeley researchers “Bug bounties” paid out for finding and reporting bugs and vulnerabilities are a cheap and effective way for companies to bolster their security.   In recent years, these ‘bug bounties’ have been offered by some of the world’s largest software companies to ensure that software bugs are found and fixed by friendly “white-hat “security reserandom_features_mens_t_shirt-reab25cc058bd4e158b721cafadd5dec7_804gs_325.jpgarchers, rather than by malicious hackers and criminals who could use the same flaws to cause significant damage

We would argue that instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to find defects in code that has been shipped it would be far better to prevent it from getting out the door in the first place. So until we find a cure for being human, the next best thing an organization can do is to incorporate automated static analysis into their software development lifecycle (whether at the developer-level or centralized within the build processes) as soon as possible. The risks associated with software coding errors are extremely high and the costs of defects that can reduce software safety, security or reliability are even higher.  


Back to Reality:

The problem is well defined and the answer is clear: You need a static analysis strategy and framework based on the automated support of tools. The use of automated static analysis is beneficial because it addresses many challenges typically faced by development organizations:

  • It helps protect you from the poor coding skills of less able developers and to share the experiences and knowledge of skilled developers and industry standard review rules. 

  • Organizations are global. The development organization may be widely distributed, and may not be part of the same organization because parts of it may be outsourced and located in different geographical locations. You now can no longer conceivably carry out the co- located peer reviewing and code inspections common of past software delivery processes. 

  • A sophisticated static analysis tool could allow you to track and validate design models, the interactions between software components, and, increasingly importantly, interactions between software components and data sources. 
Static analysis is just one aspect of a QA strategy. However, if you don't incorporate it, then you can't achieve the full potential of a QA framework. Improving the removal of defects and improving the occurrence rate of defects means that there could be a major reduction in the number of defects delivered by individual developers and over time across the whole organization. 




CONCLUSION:

The truth is that it is impossible to write flawless code and until a scientific breakthrough comes about we will need to consider how technology can assist us mortals to improve our code.  

If your interested in learning more about how technology can help check out-

ADDRESSING SECURITY VULNERABILITIES AT THE SOURCE: A Guide to Using Static  Source Code Analysis to Develop More Secure Embedded Software