AppSec solutions aren’t optional anymore but a must-have for organizations of all kinds. AppSec or Application Security is neither a singular control/ technology nor just a compliance necessity as believed conventionally. The best modern-day AppSec solutions proactively detect, prevent, and remediate threats at multiple layers from attackers in an agile and intelligent manner.
Read on to know why AppSec is so important, what are the challenges with AppSec today, and how Indusface AppSec solutions empower organizations to keep them secure.
Why Application Security Matters?
Application security or AppSec is an effective and efficient combination of processes, functions, controls, features, best practices, and tools used to make an application/ software secure by proactively finding and securing vulnerabilities of all kinds.
For maximum protection, it is the best practice to integrate application security into the development stages. Building secure-by-design applications ensures the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that can be weeded-out way before an application goes live are weeded out.
4 Top Reasons Why AppSec Matters
1. Keeping Mission-Critical Assets Secure
Data is the new oil and attackers are the most attracted to it. They find new and innovative ways to gain access to data and other mission-critical assets (devices, systems, networks, etc., or the application itself) of the organization. If they do gain access to these assets, the organization will not be able to go about its business as usual – there could be service disruptions, loss of customer privacy, etc. All of these have detrimental impacts on the organization. Effective web app security enables organizations to keep their sensitive customer and business data, along with other mission-critical assets secure.
2. Minimizing Application Security Risks
The best AppSec solutions enable organizations to minimize risks from internal and external/ third-party sources. How? Because such solutions cover everything to identify security flaws, vulnerabilities, and misconfigurations, fixing/ securing them before attackers gain access to these. It involves code, networks, devices, third-party components, shared services, and software in the scanning and testing process.
3. Proactive Prevention is Better Than Remediation
As the saying goes, “A stitch in time saves nine”, the next-gen AppSec solutions prioritize proactive prevention rather than arduous and costly remediation. Since attackers need vulnerabilities to do their bidding, effective web application security solutions focus on finding them before attackers can and securing them through instantaneous virtual patching, giving time for developers to fix them.
Equipped with threat intelligence, security analytics, real-time insights, intrusion prevention systems, intelligent automation, etc., such solutions proactively monitor traffic, filtering out bad requests. They can prevent all known and emerging threats, thus, saving the organization from data breaches, service disruptions, and downtimes.
4. Saving Massive Amounts of Time and Money
Data breaches and cyberattacks are costly – financially and reputationally. Breaches attract huge fines, penalties, and legal costs. Of course, there is financial damage from attack remediation, data loss, downtimes, and resulting customer attrition. Then, there is significant reputational damage as customers lose trust and confidence in the organization, eroding brand image, customer loyalty, and reputation. Proactive application security enables organizations to save massive amounts of time and money while maintaining customer trust and loyalty.
What are the Challenges Associated with AppSec?
1. The Threat Landscape is Evolving Rapidly
The threat landscape is evolving at a pace that most organizations are unable to keep up with. There is a pressing need for agility in AppSec.
2. Lack of Expertise
There is a lack of cybersecurity expertise globally, making them rather expensive resources to hire, especially for SMEs who cannot accommodate dedicated IT security professionals within their frugal budgets.
3. Dated/ Conventional AppSec Solutions are Inadequate
Application security needs to evolve to meet the sophisticated demands of today. Organizations still rely on anti-virus and traditional firewalls to protect them from emerging threats, making AppSec ineffective.
4. Increase in Telecommuting
The past couple of years have seen a rise in telecommuting – meaning there is no protective shield of secure networks and protected devices. The challenge is to achieve the highest level of security even when employees are distributed globally, using shared networks, and accessing company assets from personal devices.
How Do Indusface AppSec Solutions Help?
Indusface offers next-gen SaaS application security solutions that make it extremely easy and hassle-free to secure applications, APIs, and the entire digital architecture of organizations. Indusface AppSec solutions leverage an effective combination of
- Futuristic technologies, including intelligent automation, self-learning systems, analytics, and so on to infuse greater agility, accuracy, and transparency in application security
- The expertise of certified security professionals, who work as an extension of your team, to custom-build solutions and security policies with surgical accuracy to address specific security challenges.
These managed AppSec solutions offer round-the-clock, effective security against comprehensive coverage of threats, including business logic flaws and zero-day threats, even in the face of increasing telecommuting.
Indusface AppSec solutions strengthen the security posture and ensure business continuity in this rapidly evolving security landscape.
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