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Secure Coding for Computers

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Security and Safety

Simplest is the safest. Lets begin from here. Actually whenever coding comes to our mind we instantly associate it with something complex and tough. In the same way you also consider the computer codes to be obscure and something intensely complicated. But its high time to think otherwise.

As stated by Paul Kocher, the security expert and the president of Cryptography Research in 2002, When it comes to writing secure code, less is more, actually signifies that simple coding is more secure for safeguarding your database and for better confidentiality of everything stored and downloaded in your computer. For simplification of computer coding, certain aspects are to be followed. Most of the giant IT companies, banking and insurance sectors are picking up the system of simpler coding to protect their software. A minute mistake can create a bigger mess.

Simple software strategy

v      The triple s formula (simple software strategy) has proved to be superb in making security codes and security systems of computer operation.

v      The formulation of a code is actually a brainstorming session. A bunch of brains gather together to think, analyze and work on a particular code. Now simplicity in the making also depends on the simplicity of the team. If the team of developers is small, it is more concrete, more specific, more efficient and better in working out a simpler and secured code.

Small and simple versus big and complex

v      The whole debate regarding keeping the code small rather than formulating a bigger code for an entire program is ultimately related to the application part. Once the big code fails or some kind of problem occurs in the application, the entire program can get corrupted and its a huge loss.

v      Small codes are never meant to secure the entire program if its a big one. Instead modules are divided and the codes are worked out accordingly.

v      Individual module is secured by specific code and a 1:1 relationship is built. These modules together set the complete software program. Though they are interrelated but if a particular code fails for a module, the rest of the modules can be operated and the entire program will not be put at stake as in the case of a big and complex coding.

Coding from the first step

v      Software programmers, heres a suggestion cum caution given to you. Developing a program and coding for security purpose are simultaneous process. One should not follow the other but walk hand-in-hand.

v      When a module is being developed the security code has to be developed instantly without any wastage of time. If you decide upon the security planning later, you will surely land up to a critical mess where you wont even get a solution to resolve.

v      Already there are innumerous codes set to develop the program. Again you will have to begin from starting point to develop the security codes. It is a wastage time, money and energy. Finally its a thankless job and depicts the inefficiency of the programming team.

Coding is in fact a creative endeavor. The team of programmers gets engaged in creating innovative and interesting ways to design a network and also works out for the cause of its security. Errors have to be avoided at any cost. Keeping things simple helps in keeping away the probability of making errors. So small and simple is the key to make safe and secure coding for computer programs.