10 Ways to Keep Your Developers Happy and Secure — A Guide for Application Security Engineers

Chevon Phillip
3 min readDec 15, 2022
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As an application security engineer, your job is to ensure the security of your company’s software and systems. But in order to do that effectively, you need to work closely with your team of developers. After all, they are the ones who are building and maintaining the applications that you are tasked with securing.

But how can you make sure that your developers are happy and productive while also keeping them secure? Here are my top 10 tips for application security engineers:

  1. Communicate openly and frequently. Make sure that your developers understand the importance of security and why it’s essential to prioritize it in their work. Hold regular meetings to discuss security concerns and address any questions or concerns they may have.
  2. Provide clear and detailed guidelines. Develop a set of security guidelines that your developers can follow when working on applications. These guidelines should be easy to understand and should provide step-by-step instructions for implementing secure coding practices.
  3. Offer training and resources. Provide your developers with the training and resources they need to understand and implement secure coding practices. This could include workshops, online courses, and access to security-related tools and libraries.
  4. Prioritize security in the development process. Make sure that security is a key consideration throughout the development process, from planning and design to testing and deployment. This will help ensure that security is built into the application from the start, rather than being tacked on as an afterthought.
  5. Use automation to your advantage. Automation can be a powerful tool for application security engineers. Use tools and scripts to automate routine tasks, such as scanning code for vulnerabilities and checking for compliance with security standards.
  6. Encourage collaboration and teamwork. Encourage your developers to work together and share their knowledge and expertise. This will not only make them more efficient, but it will also help them stay engaged and motivated.
  7. Provide regular feedback. Offer regular feedback to your developers to let them know how they’re doing and where they can improve. This will help them stay on track and ensure that they’re meeting your expectations.
  8. Offering your expertise and guidance. If you have experience or knowledge in a specific area of application security, consider sharing it with your developers. This could include things like offering to review their code, providing them with feedback and suggestions, or offering to mentor them as they learn more about secure coding practices.
  9. Being a positive and supportive team member. Your attitude and behavior can have a big impact on the team’s morale and productivity. Make sure to be a positive and supportive member of the team, and encourage your fellow developers to work together and share their knowledge and expertise. By fostering a positive and collaborative environment, you can help your team stay motivated and focused on writing secure code.
  10. Listen to their concerns and suggestions. Your developers are on the front lines, working with the applications every day. Make sure to listen to their concerns and suggestions and take them into account when making decisions about security.

Overall, keeping your developers happy and secure requires the following:

  • Providing clear and detailed guidelines for implementing secure coding practices.
  • Offering training and resources to help your developers understand and implement these guidelines.
  • Making sure that security is a key consideration throughout the development process, from planning and design to testing and deployment.
  • Using automation to automate routine tasks and help your developers work more efficiently.
  • Encouraging collaboration and teamwork among your developers.
  • Providing regular feedback and guidance to help your developers stay on track and improve their skills.
  • Being a positive and supportive team member and fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.

By following these tips, you can help your team do their best work and ensure that your company’s applications are secure.

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Chevon Phillip

Application Security Engineer. I helped secure top companies and organizations.