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The Inevitable Need for Data Security and How Security Testing Can Help

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The Inevitable Need for Data Security and How Security Testing Can Help

A security breach cannot be undone completely and may leave you with the loss of data, damaged reputation and legal consequence. This is why security testing is imperative to your success.

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In today’s connected IT world, cyber security is rapidly turning out to be more than just a technical issue. It has become explicitly essential for organizations to make sure that they have the right strategy in place to preempt any security attacks. A security breach, when it arises, cannot be undone completely and may leave you with the loss of data, damaged reputation and legal consequence. Hence it is important that the subject is managed proactively by ensuring robustness of your IT systems.

Measures Employed by Enterprises to Ensure Data Security:

  •  Using the correct security methods to detect and prevent security breaches at all levels
  • Using firewalls as an attempt to limit all kinds of unauthorized access
  • Using Analytics to detect any abnormal data usage activities which can also be used as a signal for an attack to occur
  • Using a developed infrastructure for supervision, training, and technical support for teams with the responsibility of data management and data collection
  • Using encryption for your sensitive data

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

This old adage is as true for human health as for the IT systems of your organization. Humans take the time to recover from infections, and still they may not be able to recover fully, therefore it is important to prevent infections. Likewise, it is as important for an organization to keep their IT systems secure rather than just relying on a robust recovery process. The best method to avoid any issue is to make security the utmost priority for your organization. The best practice to achieve this objective is to educate teams to be aware of data security best practices and trends. The technical teams should specifically focus on the new happenings and threat in the world of security and use the right set of tools to prevent any attacks or threats. For example – Static Code Analyzers can help automate the process of detecting all kinds of vulnerabilities in the source code. It can further assist in identifying where open source code is used in the software using which vulnerabilities can be tracked and avoided.

Role of Security Testing

Security testing ensures that all IT systems in the organization are free from all kinds of vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Security testing process involves the evaluation of security risks within the systems under test and to highlight the security threats using various tools and techniques. The security testing process consists of security scanning, vulnerability scanning, security review, security auditing, penetration testing, etc. In particular, security testing helps enterprises to ensure that their data is not exposed to any breach.

Find out how Synopsys can help you build security and quality into your SDLC and supply chain. We offer application testing and remediation expertise, guidance for structuring a software security initiative, training, and professional services for a proactive approach to application security.

Topics:
security testing ,prevention ,data breach ,security

Published at DZone with permission of William Kimmel. See the original article here.

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