Also known as developer-first security, developer security refers to building software while shifting left, wherein developers play a crucial role in ensuring software security. Developers are provided security tools for threat scanning, security testing, and remediation.
Traditionally, security is detached from the process of software development. If there are security-related efforts undertaken, they tend to be an afterthought or a response to a publicized threat. As of the first half of 2023, the collective opinion that software development continues to ignore security prevails.
However, things appear to change as organizations realize that security should be a priority, not a secondary or accessorial concern. It may not yet become the sentiment of most organizations in the next few years, but there are signs that the shift is coming.
One of the best indicators of the growing interest in integrating security with software development is the emergence of security solutions centered on developer security. These solutions aim to embed security at each stage of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), significantly enhancing the security of every application produced. They are serving a need many software development teams may not have realized yet but now see the necessity of a developer-first security approach to ensure optimal project quality and user experiences.