Apple Publishes a New Coding Guide to Help OS X and iOS Developers

Apple has published a new Secure Coding Guide designed to help developers of OS X and iOS build more secure applications by design, SecurityWeek reports. The 123-page guide emphasises the importance of secure coding for all software, saying that any developer who wants to write a code that runs on Macs or on iOS devices, should be familiar with the information in this document.

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The source highlights a study released in August last year, which revealed that application security is “being challenged by a disconnect between developers and executives”. According to the study’s results, only 43% organizations had a defined software development process in place. “Seventy-one percent of execs and 66 percent of directors think they keep their secure coding training up-to-date, versus only 19 percent of technicians,” said Ed Adams, CEO of Security Innovation. The technicians’ results are therefore “much more believable as they are the ones getting trained”, he added.

“Security is not something that can be added to software as an afterthought; just as a shed made out of cardboard cannot be made secure by adding a padlock to the door, an insecure tool or application may require extensive redesign to secure it,” Apple said in the guide. “You must identify the nature of the threats to your software and incorporate secure coding practices throughout the planning and development of your product.”

You can download Apple’s Secure Coding Guide in PDF format or view it online in HTML.

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