The thrill of shadows: unraveling the coding landmine

P. Rehan
Last updated on August 09, 2023
The thrill of shadows: unraveling the coding landmine

Embracing the chaos of a tech talent drought and budget restrictions, innovative technology executives are turning to creativity to combat deficits.

However, like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, these efforts sometimes conjure up unforeseen security concerns — a classic case of “oops, didn’t mean to do that!”

In the vast digital landscape, teeming with tools and platforms lies a tempting treasure trove of shortcuts promising to speed up product development without squeezing resources dry.

Picture IT executives eyeing these shortcuts like kids in a candy store, tempted by low-code/no-code platforms and generative AI tools like ChatGPT for code creation.

It’s like they found a magical, time-saving wand to wave over their projects.

But, hold on to your hats, because these shortcuts can lead to problems more monstrous than a hydra with a hundred heads.

Baked-in faults and hidden issues might sneak their way into the final product, causing chaos that requires tenfold resources to fix, potentially harming a brand’s reputation so severely bad that it feels like a cursed hex.

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Shadow development endangers secure-by-design progress

Detective Illustration

Enterprises had been making strides in embracing Secure by Design concepts, like the legendary knights of DevSecOps, protecting the kingdom from cyber threats.

With the Biden administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy adding more power to the knights’ quest, it seemed like the perfect fairytale ending.

But alas, the rise of low-code/no-code and generative AI tools cast a dark shadow on the hard-won progress.

Off-the-shelf software turned into a magical potion with unforeseen side effects — hidden vulnerabilities and compatibility clashes that even a wise wizard couldn’t predict.

Accountability is still important

Accountability Illustratiion

In this digital epic, accountability takes center stage.

The Biden administration’s NCS reminds us that the heroes who develop products must shoulder the responsibility for any mishaps.

End customers are like the townsfolk, expecting products to live up to their promises, and rightfully so.

Moving forward in a responsible manner

Plant Illustraion

While democratizing application development sounds like a noble quest to overcome talent and cost constraints, it can bring unforeseen security risks like a dragon guarding its treasure.

Product owners must become like wise sages, setting clear guidelines for when and how to use such code, and keeping a magical catalog for future reference.

To ensure a happily-ever-after, embracing DevSecOps becomes a must.

This collaborative approach ensures higher-quality code, early detection of vulnerabilities, and smooth project management.

Low-code/no-code platforms and generative AI can still join the hero’s party, but only if they pass the vetting procedure, proving themselves worthy allies.

Secure by Design principles satisfy the NCS and make pure business sense.

Avoiding the rushed product that turns out flawed and leaky like a magical cauldron saves time, money, and customer goodwill, granting the victorious crown to those prioritizing responsibility and safety.

So, let us march forth with our heads held high, armed with wisdom and collaboration.

The digital kingdom awaits its heroes, and together, we shall conquer the challenges and live happily ever after, embracing both innovation and security in a harmonious dance.

The End. Or should we say The Beginning?

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