Your website/ web application is an indispensable part and core element of your business, regardless of whether it is a small online store/ business, a multi-million-dollar corporate house, an online consultancy service, a zine and so on. It is the focal point of your brand/ online presence and contains a treasure trove of today’s oil – your precious data. And a data breach or cyber-attack or website defacement causes immense loses and is devastating for the brand, especially for small and medium businesses. With cybercrime racing to the top of the list of crimes globally in terms of numbers, magnitude and scale, you are making a grave mistake if you are not already taking web application security seriously.
As we enter a new year, we have put together a guide to help you ensure heightened web application security in 2020, given the fast-changing threat landscape and increasing gravity of the problem.
In 2020, you must ensure that you set and achieve these 3 important goals, starting from the app development and the testing stage itself.
To achieve the web security goals in 2020, you must implement these web application security best practices.
Like any other business goal, you need a well-researched and robust web security plan and strategic blueprint to heighten your security posture. A disorganized, unplanned/ random, generic or after-incidence-only approach will cause colossal damage. Based on your unique context and needs, infrastructure and budgetary constraints, build a strategic and actionable web application security plan today. You can enlist the help of security experts like AppTrana if required.
Your plan must be made after a thorough assessment of all your applications – third-party/ shared/ owned to understand the criticality, potential threats, past issues, etc. You must also prioritize vulnerabilities that your application faces as all of them cannot be fixed, at least not immediately.
The security solution you onboard/use must include:
In 2019 alone, there have been instances of several data breaches simply because the data/database was not encrypted. So, install SSL and encrypt all data.
All inputs to your application must be sanitized to minimize risks of injection attacks and attackers accessing sensitive information or taking control of your application. Also, create a robust data policy.
Updates contain critical patches that could secure your web applications/ websites. So, don’t ignore them.
Last but not least, educate your employees, users, and other stakeholders continuously.
We hope this guide enables you to fortify web application security in 2020!
Ashish Pradhan is responsible for all technology functions like engineering, client services and customer support at Indusface. Prior to joining Indusface, Ashish held various senior leadership roles at Symantec Corporation in India and USA. During his 25 years of global experience in the software industry, Ashish has helped create and grow a broad variety of software products spanning systems management, IT compliance, and information security domains.