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Three Key Steps to Secure your Customer Facing Web Application

The standard features of web applications define the success of your business. Web applications such as websites, online services, mobile apps make it possible with greater efficiency. Many SMBs are now using web apps to interact with customers, track workflows, automate tasks, and other requirements. But the persistently evolving web threats and attacks can put entire enterprises at risk.

Businesses need to secure their website from hackers, but the challenge here starts with the website vulnerabilities. Few common challenges because of hackers are DOS and DDOS attacks, SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting, Phishing, Path Traversal, Local File, and Inclusion. Overcoming these challenges requires complex concepts and convoluted solutions. Yet, there are standard best practices to follow to enhance your website’s security.

Security has unlimited boundaries that are curbed by cost. While there are no limits to secure a web application, there are some basic considerations for security. Working backward, thinking from the shoes of hackers is the best approach to solve security challenges. Sun Technologies utilizes the expertise of seasoned and certified ethical hackers and security analysts to advise security for a web application based on the requirement, budget, timeline.

What and what not to compromise is the most crucial factor in securing the web application. Following are the three essential steps to enhance web application security to protect your customers, business, and network.

1.  Securing the Infrastructure & Network

The exponential increase of threats to your sensitive data and network infrastructure can make your employees unhappy and your company inoperable in some ways. But, the encouraging fact is that you can tighten your network infrastructure and security parallelly.

The process of tightening the infrastructure is mandatory to secure networks. Tightening includes steps to block all ports by default and open if required and to pause and discard unused services. Enterprises should develop tightening policies for each device based on its function in the network.

The network and infrastructure threat landscape is consistently emerging, and, therefore, security is essential. For example, defense in depth, where implementing security controls in the top layers, is no longer considered to safeguard the IT infrastructure. But, defense in the breadth model, deploying multiple controls at every layer of the open system interconnection (OSI) model, or combining the two approaches is considered more efficient to protect the web applications.

1. Securing the Infrastructure & Network

2.  Securing the Application

Web Applications are the most convenient channel for cyber attackers who steal data or breach user’s security defenses. Your web applications may face cyber threats from both outside and within. Enterprises nowadays use vulnerable components in the development phase to mitigate the risks. The awareness about web application security has increased, and therefore they adopt best security practices to ensure web applications with robust security. Continuous security testing is one of the ideal solutions for regularly running web applications to reduce potential vulnerabilities by fixing and enhancing security. The web application firewall (WAF) examines both HTTP and HTTPS web traffic and spot malicious hacker attacks since it works at the application layer. An automated web application security scanner scans the web application, finds the technical vulnerabilities, and protects it. Web application security scanners can spot only the technical vulnerabilities that include SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and remote code execution. Hence using an automated web application with a manual audit is always recommended to identify logical vulnerabilities. Logical vulnerabilities could also significantly impact business operations. It is essential to do a manual analysis of the web application by testing several combinations and ensuring that it works as expected.

Securing the Application

3.  Practicing and Governing Security throughout SDLC

Secure SDLC is vital because application security is essential. Gone were the days where the bugs are addressed once the product is released.

Developers now need to be aware of potential security problems at each phase of the projects’ process. Integrating security into your SDLC is the right solution as anyone can get access to your source code. Therefore, opting for a reliable and secure SDLC process is crucial to ensure your application is free from security threats. Build a security layer during SDLC for a protected cyber environment. It is vital to maintain the developed security policies at different phases of the software development life cycle, ensuring secure software development.

3. Practicing and Governing Security throughout SDLC

Conclusion

As the web security space is continually changing, enterprises should focus mainly on the right strategy to traverse it. An exact and well-developed blueprint makes the security plan of your sensitive web applications more efficient. However, it is essential to understand, analyze and execute the process with the team. At Sun Technologies, we have developed a set of customized security policies to support your website’s protection. Our web application security experts help you deploy and maintain full-scale cybersecurity measures. Our security engineers possess sufficient data leak prevention experience and implement the security-first approach to web applications.

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Tahir Imran

Senior Solutions Architect

With over 18+ years of experience in Software design and development, Tahir's expertise lies in designing and developing high-quality products and solutions spanning multiple domains. He is versatile and always eager to tackle new problems by constantly researching and deploying emerging techniques, technologies, and applications..

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