2021 New Year Resolutions for Web Application Security


As we approach the new year, many of us are hoping for a new normal in 2021, at least something not so crazy as 2020 has been.  Traditionally the new year has also meant a time of reflection, and a time to make resolutions for the new year.  Here at K2, we’d like to help you with your new year’s resolutions, specifically those that revolve around web application security.

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Here’s a list of things you may want to consider adding to your 2021 New Year’s Resolutions for Web Application Security

Pre-production / Development Resolutions:

  1. Embrace a “shift left” culture (DevSecOps)
  2. Stop sacrificing security for speed to production
  3. Add secure coding practices to developer training and the development process
  4. Add DAST and penetration testing to the development and QA testing cycles
  5. Improve your existing DAST Testing 
  6. Add IAST testing to the development and QA testing cycles
  7. Find and fix more vulnerabilities during development

Production Resolutions:

  1. Introduce a vulnerability/bug bounty program
  2. Encrypt your data
  3. Have a disaster resolution program in place
  4. Learn about the OWASP Top 10 Web Application Security Risks
  5. Investigate a RASP solution and start implementation, especially for cloud deployed applications
  6. Start web application penetration testing in production
  7. Learn more about cyber security
  8. Learn more about risks like SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting
  9. Make sure all software and operating systems accessible from the internet are running the latest releases and have all the latest patches
  10. Audit access control on all externally facing applications

Now is the time to take stock of what your organization is doing for web application security and make new resolutions for 2021.

Why do you need K2 Cyber Security for your web application security needs?

With the increase in cyber attacks and the advanced nature of these threats, including those that attack web applications, organizations may need to re-evaluate their approach to protecting applications that are likely to have vulnerabilities that can be exploited.  While many organizations already have system and network based security, it’s important to remember to have a security framework that offers a defense-in-depth architecture.  Maybe it’s time to take a hint from the recent finalization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s SP800-53 that was just released on September 23, 2020.  The new security and privacy framework standard now requires Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) as an added layer of security in the framework.

RASP solutions like the one from K2 Cyber Security offer significant application protection, including protection of vulnerable applications, while at the same time using minimal resources and adding negligible latency to an application.  K2 Security Platform uses runtime deterministic security to monitor the application and has a deep understanding of the application’s control flows, DNA and execution.  By validating the application’s control flows, deterministic security is based on the application itself, rather than relying on past attacks to determine a zero day attack.  Deterministic security results in the detection of sophisticated zero day attacks and also protects from application from the risks listed in the OWASP Top Ten, including XSS and SQL Injection.

K2’s Next Generation Application Workload Protection Platform addresses today’s need for runtime security in an easy to use, easy to deploy solution.  K2’s unique deterministic security detects new attacks without the need to rely on past attack knowledge, is lightweight, and adds under a millisecond of latency to the running application.  To aid in quick remediation of vulnerabilities, K2 also provides detailed attack telemetry including the code module and line number being in the code being attacked, while at the same time integrating with leading firewalls to do real time attacker blocking.

Change how you protect your applications, and check out K2’s web application and application workload security solution and evaluate K2’s effectiveness at detecting and protecting your organization from attacks.

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