Effectively Manage Application Security Risk in the Cloud

You would have probably done a lot to boot up data security—but could the applications you run be the equivalent of a front door to your enterprise that’s been left wide open? The security of the data in your organization’s hands depends on a lot more than just locking down individual files and records. You need to tighten security at the application level, too, because applications can control access to your data—and even to your organization’s Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure.

Many security breaches have occurred not because of poor data security practices, but due to vulnerable applications. Deploying application security helps prevent rogue or vulnerable software from allowing cybercriminals to siphon data that you thought was secure.

Even so, application security remains an often-neglected area of cybersecurity and breaches continue to occur. Because locking down applications is more complex than encrypting files. Applications have also grown in number and type, with the advent of app stores and specialized applications that access cloud-based infrastructure. In the meantime, extensive adoption of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have resulted in an increase in unvested applications, and application-connected IoT data sources proliferate rapidly.

Application security is vital to:
  • Prevent reputational damage

  • Maintain customer trust

  • Avoid remediation costs

  • Identify and respond to security risks before they cause damage

Why do organizations struggle to achieve application security success?

Application security is complicated by factors that include developers, IT staff and end users. In combination, these factors can make organizations susceptible to vulnerabilities.

  • Rush to Release

  • Complex Applications

  • Application Security not a Priority

  • Lack of Standards

What is effective application security?

Effective application security practices approve that security should be viewed as a process, not as a series of items to check off a list. Fundamentally, application security testing must be widespread and ongoing.

Comprehensive application security should involve:

  1. Discovering and cataloging applications that are currently in use
  2. Static testing—scanning application source code for vulnerabilities is the most direct way to find the actual code behind a particular security vulnerability
  3. Dynamic testing—evaluating what the software does when it’s deployed (for instance, is it vulnerable to potential cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks?)
  4. Mobile application security testing, due to the proliferation of new mobile applications in the market
  5. Deployment of new software only after it’s been evaluated

Comprehensive, Cloud-Based Application Security Testing

Bolster your application-security risk management by implementing an integrated solution, rather than relying on disparate tools. AWS Cloud Security is a comprehensive, cost-effective, user-friendly and easy-to-deploy cloud-based solution for web and mobile applications that unites all phases of application security testing. Our cloud-based offering is based on years of AWS Cloud Security in on-premises security testing, and interoperates with other security tools to facilitate comprehensive cyber-defense protection.

AWS Cloud Security is a complete, subscription- based solution that permits you to test applications and improve security protection by providing actionable data. With Royal Cyber AWS Cloud Security, you can quickly assess application risk ratings, so you can focus remediation efforts on your most significant vulnerabilities. For more information email us at [email protected] or visit www.royalcyber.com.

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