Black Hat: Think like an attacker
The best way to develop software applications that can defend themselves against malicious attacks is to think like an attacker.
More than just being aware of vulnerabilities in software that attackers often exploit, security analysts should strive to understand the actual attacks -- the motive, method, tools used, desired result -- and feed that information to software developers so defenses can be built into an application during the design phase, says Sean Barnum, managing consultant with Cigital, a software security consulting firm.
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