The expanding digitization initiatives taken by individuals, groups, companies, organizations and governments have turned the world into a global village. Internet usage has eased a seamless flow of information and has benefited arguably every possible sector of human action.
Just a click on a search engine and the particular information pops up for your user. Information technology hasn’t only helped conventional businesses to increase productivity, decrease redundancies/rework, and enhance efficiency and quality, but has spawned a range of new businesses too.
No wonder the effects of such steep penalties can create a company go out of business. Thus, the reason why software quality assurance companies should be made an integral part of the SDLC or implemented in a company where IT services run the show.
The growth of electronic or mobile companies with a digital interface such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple amongst others bear testimony to the occurrence of digitization.
Information Technology has generated new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) or Cloud Computing to assist human action. So far so good!
However, everything is not hunky dory as it might seem, for there’s a flipside to the whole online revolution as well. This is related to the rising threat of cybercrime where unscrupulous individuals, groups, organisations and even governments manipulate the electronic ecosystem to carry out their nefarious agenda.
Effect Of Cyber Crime
The fact that mobile or web programs carry sensitive individual or business information is a reason sufficient for cybercriminals to target them.
What’s more, cybercrime encompasses a vast canvas that is not confined to defrauding people or companies with money or information alone but even more menacing. A considerable number of software with an interface into the internet seem to have become a leaking sieve.
The sieve is harnessed by offenders of all hues such as terrorists, drug cartels, human traffickers and more.
They utilise the unsecured digital ecosystem to launder cash and execute their vicious agenda. With unsecured software getting an easy target for cyber criminals, companies are at a higher risk of losing the confidence of customers, brand value, and earnings.
To strengthen cybersecurity and to ensure greater compliance, there exist many security mandates such as GDPR, FDIC, GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, NCUA, OCC and PCI DSS. Businesses should maintain an extra vigil to satisfy the regulations or face severe censure or penalties if there’s a security breach.
In reality, according to the GDPR provisions effective from May 25, 2018, a company has to cough up 20 million Euros or 4% of its yearly revenue, whichever is greater in case-sensitive client data is leaked.
What’s Software Quality Assurance?
The process entails a set of tasks to ensure the quality of a program through auditing, analysing, and training.
The auditing and testing activities are about identifying the vulnerabilities in software or its interface with the hardware or system.
The practice is about sensitising the people to follow cyber safety protocols. Once the vulnerabilities/glitches/bugs are identified, the same are worked on to enhance the quality of software on a constant basis. The process of quality assurance testing entails various types of testing such as functional, usability, functionality, integration, and security etc.