Do you have a lock on your door?
I have one on mine. But have you ever given a thought as to why it is there?
It’s not for the real burglars because if someone wanted to get through, they would do it no matter what. There are crowbars, lock picks and other tools either hack the system or brute force through it.
The lock is there to prevent the entry of regular uninvited people. Those who just try out their chances if it was left open.
Businesses do focus more on the security. We tend to have surveillance cams, alarm systems, motion detector and personal RFID -keys to the office.
But do you know how secure that excellent new web service in the development is? Is it like an unlocked bicycle, a regular home office or a well guarded Fort Knox of your most precious things?
I’m still surprised how many software projects are caught off guard with this question. The same thing happens when somebody asks if the software can handle the Black Friday traffic smoothly?
Nobody seems to know. The responsibility is somewhere in the grey zone of that mysterious “someone else.”
So if you are a tester, now would be a great time to do a favor for the people you serve.
Ask them about the locks or the Black Friday and see what happens.