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Managing Security of Bespoke Software

Your data is always at risk. That’s a fact. Your success or failure depends on how you react to that risk by managing security.

Nearly 80% of IT leaders believe their organisation lacks sufficient protection against attacks. With a global shortage in cyber security skills, this is hardly surprising. Companies who build and support their own software tend to find that they don’t have the right skills and they prioritise rolling out new features above security over and over again.

Luckily, you don’t have to handle application security internally, even on an app you’ve built from scratch. You can experience the full benefits of having an internal security team without actually having to create one yourself. Meanwhile, your developers can focus their full efforts on the features and functionality of the app without distractions.

However you do AppSec, some of the issues key issues to consider are:

  1. Is it always on? Attacks happen around the clock.
  2. When a risk is identified, do you respond immediately?
  3. Are you monitoring your data?
  4. Do you know when users to your system have had their credentials compromised
  5. Do you know when the behaviour of users or the applications is deviating from the norm. E.g. a user has logged on from the US 5 minutes after they have logged in from their usual location.
  6. Are you looking left? Are you empowering developers in building secure applications without slowing them down?
  7. Is it proactively trying to find vulnerabilities and flagging them up to be fixed, or are you just receiving the bare minimum service to cover legal requirements?

The holistic way of managing application security is broken up into three stages. All three are essential elements in a holistic approach to application security.

  1. Prevent
  2. Detect
  3. Protect

You need to be able to address issues immediately rather than going for the traditional break-fix cycle.

Recent research has shown that in the field of healthcare, 75% of applications have at least one flaw. What’s worse is that 25% of apps have a critical vulnerability that’s simply waiting to be exploited by hackers.

Your credentials you’re using on your website have already been compromised. If you don’t believe us, go check on this site.

Our approach to AppSec and DevSecOps is a proactive one. We prevent security vulnerabilities from happening in the first place by putting tools in the hands of the developers. We check new code being developed to make sure new vulnerabilities haven’t introduced by the internal teams or open source or third party software.

We monitor the application in a production environment to detect vulnerabilities, detect attacks, detect unnatural behaviour and watch for any compromised users.

Based on our years of experience in developing software and keeping it secure, we’ve found that these are the vital elements to getting it right.

A proactive way to manage security gives you insurance against hacking, which is more than just peace of mind.

If you think our proactive approach is overkill, ask yourself this question: What would it mean to your business if your credentials were compromised and you were the next company on the tabloids for a hack? Maybe ask SolarWinds.

Having top notch security is expected from you by customers, shareholders and business partners.

We’d love to discuss how you manage security. Get in touch with us for a chat. You can also read more about application security.

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