Are web application security challenges troubling you? Often most companies are so focused on extensive list of requirements wrapped in fast, flexible, cheap that the focus on doing it ‘securely’ is lost in the process. And the repercussions? – Hacks and data breaches to point of having breach fatigue.

Every day is loaded with such example such as Target’s massive data breach resulted in 140 related lawsuits and the resignation of its CEO and Sony’s stock price plunged by $11.39 after a data breach. The blow is even more severe on smaller companies;  60% of them were out of business within just six months of a hack.

Like any responsible website owner, you are probably already aware of the web application security challenges. However, most application developers are so torn between deadlines and customer requirements, that security often takes a backseat. Here are three of our top recommendations for these that will keep you secure without consuming resources.

Recommendation 1: Get A Managed Cloud Web Application Firewall

Irrespective of all the planning to finding and fixing vulnerabilities at the earliest, business priorities take over. Patching tasks on critical and non-critical applications often gets pushed. And it’s not just with your business, every company has a similar story.

As per the Web Application Security Statistics Report, developers take 146 days on an average to fix even critical vulnerabilities. So that’s close to 5 months of web application security challenge and time for attackers to hack your application.

Fix Critical Vulnerabilities

A Web Application Firewall (WAF) covers visibility and patching gap. It filters the traffic and blocks if malicious. Gartner recently recommended deploying a WAF in its ‘Overcoming Network Security Service and Support Challenges’  report and said “using a SAAS based managed Web application firewall” such as Indusface is good alternative for Enterprises that do not want to procure new hardware and have time to hire and train staff to manage it.

gartner Web Application Security Testing

Why Managed Cloud WAF

If you’re looking at ways to protect applications whilst optimizing resource usage, appliance-based WAFs seem contradictory. Appliance cost with hiring and training security employees would cost a lot of money and time. Today, that’s a major web application security challenge for most companies.

A cloud WAF, however, allows both small and big companies secure their applications without the troubles of purchasing hardware. Indusface’s managed cloud firewall further offers an extended team of security experts, ultimate custom rules, security analytics and intelligence along with DDoS mitigation without ever needing to place an appliance or even hire a single security person.

 

Recommendation-2: Cover Your Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Vulnerability

It doesn’t matter even if you develop the most secure application or website; it will still be vulnerable to DDoS attacks. How? If your website is a shop, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is like sending in a mob that doesn’t let your customers get in. Unless you find a way of spotting bad traffic without affect the real users, there is no way out of it.

The number of DDoS attacks have grown significantly in the recent years; and they continue to do so.

DDoS App Security Challenge

How to stop such attacks

Deploying a web application firewall is one of the must counter DDOS at application level; and going for this with a deployment option in the public cloud ensures you get DDOS protection also at the Network level and this is taken care of by the public cloud providers such as AWS.

 

Recommendation 3: Do Periodic Penetration Testing

You probably have some sort of automated vulnerability detection tool, but does it truly make you secure? Let’s say that you patch all the generic OWASP Top vulnerabilities that this tool finds. Does it ensure protection?

Applications are complex especially when they are unique to your company, using business logics specific to your business and application flow.

For instance, your e-commerce site allows users to add items to cart, view a summary page and then pay. What if he could go back to the summary page, maintaining their same valid session and inject a lower cost for an item and complete the payment transaction?

Business Logic Hack

How to test for such flaws

Such vulnerabilities even though can be difficult to find has far greater risks for the business and hackers will be using a combination of automated tools and manual exploits to do fraud. Stay a step ahead of the hackers and a combination of automated and manual penetration testing to ensure that you fix them before hackers find and exploit them.

Do you have a quick tip that can help our readers overcome application security challenges? How did you use it, and how has it impacted the way you conduct business? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Venky has played multiple roles within Indusface for the past 6 years. Prior to this, as the CTO @indusface, Venky built the product/service offering and technology team from scratch, and grew it from ideation to getting initial customers with a proven/validated business model poised for scale. Before joining Indusface, Venky had 10+ years of experience in security industry and had held various mgmt/leadership roles in Product Development, Professional Services and Sales @Entrust.