With the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack on sites around the world, you might wonder whether your Developer Community site is secure. You might also consider helping your developer program members ensure that they are using security best practices as well.
Cyber security has become one of the hottest issues today, but Evans Data’s just released Global Development Survey shows that only 31% of software developers say their company has an overall formal security policy that is uniformly adhered to throughout the organization. More companies, 34%, have an informal policy that is adopted by various departments throughout the company, while another quarter either have no particular policy or one that is piecemeal and defined by the various departments themselves.
In last November’s DevRelate blog post, “Security Chops for your Developer Relations Program and Team Members“, I encouraged all developer relations team members, whether they are part of a security based company or not, to be able to speak to the security aspects of software development. DevRel advocates should also be able to assure their members that the developer community site and APIs developers use are safe from security problems.
Less Than a Third of Companies Have an Overall Cyber Security Policy
Evans Data’s recent press release, “Less Than a Third of Companies Have an Overall Cyber Security Policy“, reports that developers within the APAC region are the most likely to cite an overall formal cyber security strategy, according to the global survey of over 1500 developers in conducted in six languages over four major geographical regions. In North America and the EMEA region companies are more likely to have an informal policy that does not extend across the whole enterprise. EMEA is also the region where more companies with no particular policy at all are found.
In addition, only 26% of developers worldwide say they are developing their apps to run on secure and trusted systems. However an additional 19% expect to be doing this within the next 6 months.
“Recent events have highlighted the need for enhanced cyber security,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “but security has been a top issue for software developers for quite some time and across many disciplines. We have consistently seen the developers themselves citing security as a chief concern so there is frustration that their companies aren’t taking an overall approach.”
Evans Data Global Development Survey
The Global Development Survey is conducted twice a year with broad topic focus on issues such as Platforms, Languages, Development Lifecycle and Tools, Blockchain development, Artificial Intelligence and Big data, Mobility, Cloud, High Performance Computing, Databases, Security, Game Development and more.
See the complete Table of Contents and Methodology here: Table of Contents
Practice Secure Computing and Help your Developers Members Do the Same
Do your developer relations team members have security chops? Do your advocates keep track of the state of the art in secure computing? Does your developer relations site have the right security features? Do you help your developer community members practice secure computing? If your answers to some of these questions are no or I’m not sure, now is the time to increase your security chops!
David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation