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Securing your Enterprise Applications

Securing Enterprise application refers to the protection of enterprise applications from external attacks, privilege abuse and data theft. By implementing security across all applications, businesses can achieve greater data security and protect applications from vulnerabilities.

Organizations face multiple issues regarding security as attackers evolve and become more versatile and sophisticated, thus increasing security compliance requirements. In order to address this issue, organizations must implement application security across any crucial enterprise applications that are susceptible to threats.

Most, if not all, systems and applications have vulnerabilities which can threaten the ability to keep them running and keeping data secure. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of vulnerabilities which exist and new ones which are being discovered on a regular basis, so it is important to develop a strategy to manage them.

Strategy to Manage Enterprise Application Security,

  • Focus on the vulnerabilities that pose an immediate threat
  • There is no magic solution for security
  • Understand the vulnerabilities that can affect your organization
  • Application monitoring and reviewing the threats
  • Managing new vulnerabilities and threats

Focus on the vulnerabilities that pose an immediate threat

All organisations should put in place some basic safeguards and procedures to protect their systems and applications. Protecting the perimeter of your network is essential. The choice and types of devices which you need to deploy will be based on the threats which you have identified. It is important to ensure that devices in operation are correctly configured and updated regularly to provide ongoing protection.

There is no magic solution for security

There is no single solution or device that can be used for securing your applications against any threat or vulnerability. Therefore it is important to understand which ones pose a major risk to make an educated choice about the procedures and devices to put in place.

Understand the vulnerabilities that can affect your organization

Every organisation is unique and the threats posed by various vulnerabilities will be different. For example, if your organisation does not process online transactions and payment card details then this is not a threat you need to mitigate against. However, if your application is managing personally sensitive information about individuals, then having robust security and monitoring processes in place is definitely necessary. Once you have a clear understanding of the vulnerabilities which actually pose a threat to your organisation, you can put robust measures and procedures in place to mitigate against them.

Application monitoring and reviewing the threats

Once your system or application is live it is important to monitor it’s performance and to look for new threats. It isn’t unusual for application developers to simply try and prevent potential hackers from accessing their systems, however it is possible to learn from attempted hacks so that some of your defences can be reinforced.
A good application should consider setting triggers and traps within the application which can alert the necessary people within the organisation. Internal application errors should be trapped and logged and the user should only see a message which does not disclose any underlying technical information which could be useful to a hacker.

Managing new vulnerabilities and threats

All systems and applications contain vulnerabilities. Some will have been discovered, but many have not. It is important to regularly review new vulnerabilities and to establish which ones may pose a threat. You can then adapt or change your defences to help mitigate against them.

Overall the management of threats and vulnerabilities should be treated as an essential task for any organisation to ensure that their systems, applications and data remain secure.

At BizBooster, our application development methodology includes a detailed assessment of the threats and vulnerabilities faced by the application to determine the optimum level of security to be built into the system and the level of security for the operating environment.

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