What specific benefits does integrating security practices into the planning phase provide?

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Security benefits of integrating practices into the planning phase

Integrating security practices into the planning phase of the software development lifecycle provides several benefits:

  1. Better requirement gathering: Including security stakeholders in the requirements gathering process ensures that security requirements are properly identified and documented. This helps catch security issues early before they are designed and built into the system.
  2. Threat modeling: Performing threat modeling during planning helps identify potential threats and vulnerabilities that the system may face. This provides a better understanding of the security risks upfront and informs security controls that need to be implemented.
  3. Improved prioritization: Involving security teams in prioritizing features and requirements gives important context on the security impact of each item. This helps prioritize high risk items and implement proper controls.
  4. Better cost estimation: Integrating security into planning allows for a more accurate estimation of the security costs associated with each feature. This helps allocate appropriate resources and budgets for security.
  5. Risk-based design: Designing with security in mind from the beginning allows developers to build security controls into the architecture and design of the system. This is more efficient than retrofitting security later.
  6. Integration with other initiatives: Integrating security into planning helps align security objectives with other organizational initiatives like DevOps, cloud migration, etc. This ensures security is part of these transformations from the start.

In summary, integrating security practices into the planning phase allows you to identify and mitigate security risks early. It leads to better requirement gathering, threat modeling, prioritization, cost estimation and risk-based design. This helps build more secure systems from the ground up.

Key security practices to integrate into planning include:

  • Including security team members in requirements gathering and prioritization
  • Performing threat modeling and risk analysis
  • Defining security requirements and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Allocating appropriate security budgets and resources
  • Aligning security objectives with organizational initiatives


  1. https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/cyberpedia/what-is-secure-software-development-lifecycle
  2. https://snyk.io/learn/secure-sdlc/
  3. https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=902622

I'm Abhay Singh, an Architect with 9 Years of It experience. AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

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