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To differentiate themselves and to deliver competitive advantage, organisations today are looking to use specialised, custom software to supplement commercial off-the-shelf applications. In order to speed up the development of such applications and to reduce the costs involved, businesses are increasingly outsourcing the work. This can range from full-blown custom applications to the writing of code that acts as the 'glue' between on-premise applications or services in the cloud. These programmes can be risky because organisations must place the creation of a valuable asset in the hands of outsourcing partners. This means they must trust that secure coding best practices have been followed and that applications have adequate levels of security built into them so that vulnerabilities are not present.
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