Do You Follow These Principles for Enterprise Application Security?
This blog talks about the five major principles for effective application security. Read on to find out the key principles!
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It hasn’t been more than a decade that Marc Andreessen made the famous declaration: “Software is eating the world.” Software applications are running the world. But the sad part is that security hasn’t been able to keep up with the pace of enterprise application development. Although businesses are investing in never-ending layers of security point solutions, our primary security stance is outdated. Advanced cyberattacks can easily bypass perimeter security tools.
Note that the precursors to your next attacks are already lying inside your network. Effectively moving the battleground to the application itself, hackers of today intend to harmlessly enter and corrupt applications, while they execute during runtime. But as awareness about the need for runtime security increases, it is key to look at the problem comprehensively and prevent adding more point products with just partial solutions.
This blog talks about the five major principles for effective application security.
Turn Conventional Security From The Inside to the Outside
Security tools shouldn’t just avoid anything doubtful from getting past the perimeter, with little insight into what is good or bad. Instead, modern security should begin from the inside out – with the application itself. As application development companies change their thinking and take the application-centric approach, understand what apps should do, supervise them as they execute, and ensure they never deviate, irrespective of vulnerabilities, external attacks, or zero-day attacks.
Make Runtime Your New Security Battleground
You need prior knowledge or luck to stop attacks before they occur. This is the reason you need to prepare for a different fight. The majority of the conventional security tools treat application runtime like a black box. Modern attackers are aware of this fact and easily exploit this gap. To prevent runtime attacks, it is crucial to gain full visibility into what’s happening exactly as application code executes.
Protect the Full Application Stack
When it comes to application security, you don’t only need to stop web-based attacks, even though they top your priority list. You must guarantee the security of the underlying servers, backend applications, third-party code, and data that are all connected and exposed to the rest of the world. To ensure effective security, there should be unified protection across the memory, web, and host layers.
Extend the Protection From Legacy to Cloud, to Containers
In a real-world enterprise, there is a mix of platforms and applications. On the one hand, there are legacy apps that can’t be easily retired, while on the other hand, there are cutting-edge tools in hybrid, cloud, serverless, or container environments. Security-by-patching for legacy apps often affects accidental consequences that interrupt your business. So, if you want full security in the real-world, you must protect all apps, right from old to new, irrespective of their patch status or platforms.
Make Your End-to-End Product Lifecycle Secure
Today’s software stacks are highly complex, which makes vulnerabilities indispensable. You may never be able to ship perfect code into production. Your business thus needs agile development, which demands security. This security is continuous and adaptive, identifying vulnerabilities in pre-production, providing controls for unaddressed issues, and reacting to new threats that may emerge during production.
Employ Cloud-Based Security Products
Lack of staff and budget to buy and use appropriate cloud-based products is one of the biggest challenges to good IT security practices. Remember SaaS-based security offerings come with twin benefits. One, they don’t need huge capital investment to pay-up front license fees. Second, they don’t make it mandatory for the IT staff to install and configure the products. Your IT employees can thus focus on configuration and use. Besides, the lower cost of cloud-based services implies security budgets can go even further.
Keep Security Monitoring in Focus
It is critical to configure security settings to generate alerts. With the correct configuration, key alerts are not hidden in a storm of unimportant data. Typically, this needs ongoing assessment and configuration updates, besides using tools to display security anomalies and sending major alerts to staff for security issues to be addressed instantly.
The Bottom Line
You may feel that next-generation applications enforce uncomfortable change and complexity in traditional security practices. Well, this is not only untrue but also irrelevant. A new IT world is emerging, and you cannot rely on the approach you took in the past. That approach is outdated. The stakes are high, and the battle can be won by upgrading our security mindset. IT organizations can upkeep their responsibilities in the next-gen application era by transitioning to an updated strategy. Protect what matters the most in today’s times – your applications and your business. As software applications run the world, you must trust their integrity and run them with full confidence.
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