Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2020, Volume: 13, Issue: 26, Pages: 2601-2608
Zulfikar Ahmed Maher1, Asadullah Shah2*, Shahmurad Chandio3, Hazwani Mohd Mohadis4, Noor Hayani Binti Abd Rahim4
1Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University
2Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia, Tel.: +6016-2977026
3Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Sindh Jamshoro
4Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia
Email: [email protected]
Received Date:07 June 2020, Accepted Date:03 July 2020, Published Date:27 July 2020
Background/Objectives Inclusion of security in software development from the initial design phase has not been consistently addressed by the software developers. As a result there is an abundance of software systems with weak security. The objective of this study is to find out factors influencing developer's intention to adopt secure software development practices. Methodology: This study is based on qualitative research methodology. Interviews were conducted from the professionals working at senior positions at Malaysian software development organization. All the interviews were first transcribed, as they were digitally recorded. Then transcribed data was analyzed in a way that all frequent words or repetitive concepts were highlighted, after which many similar or relevant concepts were grouped together and categorized as themes and sub themes. Findings: The data was analyzed using the thematic analysis method. The results revealed five main themes, whereas each main theme has subthemes. These subthemes are parameters to justify the main theme. Main themes were identified in the light of the interviewee's response. The main results include interviewee's demographic characteristics, and then the main themes identified include, Adoption of SSD practices, Influencing authorities, Motivating Factors, Attitude towards SSD, Hindrances / Issues towards SSD Adoption. Sub themes included: Security Culture, Change Management, Applications of SSD, Managers, Security Expert, Training, Incentives, Security Awareness, Performance Expectancy, Facilitating Conditions, Demographic Characteristics, Need to use SSD, No clear guidelines, Strict Project Timeline, Lack of Security knowledge. The overall interview results show that secure software development practices adoption level in most part of the software industry is not up to the satisfactory level. Novelty/Applications: This research explores the factors impeding theimplementation of the best security practices, and barriers to secure software development practices adoption. This study can be used as guideline to be followed for the implementation of secure software development practices in software industry.
Keywords: Secure software development adoption; organizational factors; software developer intention; security development; software security
© 2020 Maher, Shah, Chandio, Mohadis, Rahim.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Published By Indian Society for Education and Environment (iSee)
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