Application Security encompasses measures taken to improve the security of an application often by finding, fixing and preventing security vulnerabilities. It incorporates the general practice of adding features or functionality to software to prevent a range of different threats. These include denial of service attacks and other cyberattacks, and data breaches or data theft situations.
Different techniques are used to surface such security vulnerabilities at different stages of an applications lifecycle such as design, development, deployment, upgrade, maintenance. Our concepts for tackling security risks are applicable to mobile applications as well as web applications.
Need for Application Security
Applications deal with and act as gateway for highly sensitive enterprise assets like identifiable personal information, confidential organizational information and credentials.
Modern mobile applications run on mobile devices that run a general-purpose operating system which exposes them to vulnerabilities similarly to those of traditional spyware, trojan software, insecurely designed apps etc. High-risk vulnerabilities were found in 38 percent of mobile applications for iOS and in 43 percent of Android applications. According to Veracode’s State of Software Security Vol. 10 report, 83% of the 85,000 applications it tested had at least one security flaw. Many had much more, as their research found a total of 10 million flaws, and 20% of all apps had at least one high severity flaw.
But application security is highly neglected in cybersecurity
The core reason that businesses need application security is that businesses must protect themselves and their assets. There is almost an endless list of reasons why application security is important to businesses. Those range from maintaining a positive brand image to preventing security breaches that impact the trust that your clients and shareholders have in your business.
So, business goals should address the following
- Reduce Risk — including those from third parties
- Protect Brand Image — by projecting security and preventing leaks
- Protect and Build Customer Confidence — Customer experience is driving competition
- Protect and Safeguard Data — both your own and your customers
- Improve Trust from customers, investors, and lenders — Mitigating risk improves trust from all parties
Why Accord for Application Security
Accord provides a holistic approach for identifying vulnerabilities in applications and mitigating them. The holistic approach covers securing network devices, servers hosting the application, databases, cloud configurations, end user applications and more.
We enforce the Design for Security workbook and infuses it in application development life cycle. DFS workbook is based on OWASP Application Security Verification Standard combined with application specific regulations to provide application security requirements.
Accord carries out Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing of applications with a wide array of security tools. Ex: Black Duck Software for source code security testing.
We have serviced leading OEMs, with various security features, and the products are successfully deployed in the market.
- Secure Application Development
- Secure Databases
- Secure Networks
- Secure Cloud Resources
- Secure Servers
- Secure Source Code and use of third-party libraries